1. rule - noun
· a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"
2. rule - noun
· something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"
3. rule - noun
· prescribed guide for conduct or action
4. rule - noun
· (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
5. rule - noun
· a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct; "their principles of composition characterized all their works"
6. rule - noun
· the duration of a monarch's or government's power; "during the rule of Elizabeth"
7. rule - noun
· dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"
8. rule - noun
· directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; "he knew the rules of chess"
9. rule - noun
· any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; "the rule of St. Dominic"
10. rule - noun
· a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
11. rule - noun
· (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems; "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
12. rule - noun
· measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths
13. rule - verb
· exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
14. rule - verb
· decide with authority; "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"
15. rule - verb
· be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
16. rule - verb
· decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty"
17. rule - verb
· have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac
18. rule - verb
· mark or draw with a ruler; "rule the margins"
19. rule - verb
· keep in check; "rule one's temper"
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