Associations to the word «Rule»


RULE, noun. A regulation, law, guideline.
RULE, noun. A ruler; device for measuring, a straightedge, a measure.
RULE, noun. A straight line (continuous mark, as made by a pen or the like), especially one lying across a paper as a guide for writing.
RULE, noun. A regulating principle.
RULE, noun. The act of ruling; administration of law; government; empire; authority; control.
RULE, noun. A normal condition or state of affairs.
RULE, noun. (obsolete) Conduct; behaviour.
RULE, noun. (legal) An order regulating the practice of the courts, or an order made between parties to an action or a suit.
RULE, noun. (math) A determinate method prescribed for performing any operation and producing a certain result.
RULE, noun. (printing) (dated) A thin plate of brass or other metal, of the same height as the type, and used for printing lines, as between columns on the same page, or in tabular work.
RULE, verb. (transitive) To regulate, be in charge of, make decisions for, reign over.
RULE, verb. (slang) (intransitive) To excel.
RULE, verb. (transitive) To mark (paper or the like) with rules (lines).
RULE, verb. (intransitive) To decide judicially.
RULE, verb. (transitive) To establish or settle by, or as by, a rule; to fix by universal or general consent, or by common practice.
RULE 34, proper noun. (Internet slang) (informal) The proposition that there is at least one pornographic depiction of anything and everything; and, especially, that the resulting pornography is accessible through the Internet.
RULE 63, proper noun. (internet slang) (informal) The proposition that every fictional character has an opposite-gender version.
RULE AGAINST PERPETUITIES, noun. (legal) (singulare tantum) The rule that prevents a testator or other transferor of property from controlling further transfer of his property more than twenty-one years after the death of anyone alive at the time of the original transfer who may have some interest in the transfer.
RULE AGAINST PERPETUITIES, noun. (legal) (countable) (by extension) Any rule that prevents a testator or other transferor of property from controlling further transfer of his property beyond a certain length of time.
RULE BOOK, noun. Alternative spelling of rulebook
RULE BOOKS, noun. Plural of rule book
RULE IN, verb. (idiomatic) (transitive) To consider (something) as a possible option among others.
RULE JOINT, noun. A knuckle joint having shoulders that abut when the connected pieces come into line with each other, and thus permit folding in one direction only.
RULE NISI, noun. (legal) A procedure which calls upon a party to show cause as to why a proposed rule should be applied by the court.
RULE OF COLEL, proper noun. (gematria) (very rare in print) The rule according to which one digit may be added to or subtracted from the gematric value of a word.
RULE OF COSS, noun. (obsolete) algebra
RULE OF LAW, noun. (legal) The doctrine that no individual is above the law and that everyone must answer to it.
RULE OF LAW, noun. (legal) The maxim whereby governmental decisions are made by applying known legal principles.
RULE OF MAN, noun. The absence of rule of law in which one person, or a group of persons, rules arbitrarily.
RULE OF REASON, noun. A doctrine in antitrust law which applies to contracts which "unreasonably" inhibit trade.
RULE OF RECOGNITION, noun. (legal) A notion of what should "count" as law.
RULE OF THE ROAD, noun. The regulation requiring all traffic (travelling on a road or otherwise) to keep either to the left or the right.
RULE OF THE ROAD, noun. (nautical) A regulation concerning safe handling of vessels on seaways.
RULE OF THIRDS, noun. (photography) (film) (visual arts) A normative rule that an image should be mentally or representationally divided in three horizontally and diagonally, and that the focus of the image should not be in the center of the resulting shape.
RULE OF THREE, proper noun. (mathematics education) A rule stating that, if two ratios are equal, then the denominator of the second equals its numerator times the reciprocal of the first ratio: if \(\frac ab=\frac cd\) then \(d=\frac{bc}a\).
RULE OF THREE, proper noun. (medicine) A rule for clinical trials used for determining the rate of adverse side effects when no such side effects present during the course of the trial.
RULE OF THREE, proper noun. (writing) (rhetoric) A rule which states that things which come in groups of three are inherently funnier or more effective than things which come in groups of other sizes.
RULE OF THREE, proper noun. (religion) (Wicca) A religious tenet stating that the energy a person puts out into the world, positive or negative, will be returned to that person three times.
RULE OF THREE, proper noun. (religion) (Wicca) The religious tenet held by some Wiccans stating whatever energy, positive or negative, a person puts into the world will be returned threefold.
RULE OF THUMB, noun. A general guideline, rather than a strict rule; an approximate measure or means of reckoning based on experience or common knowledge.
RULE OF THUMB, noun. (attributive) (usually hyphenated) Approximated, guesstimated.
RULE OK, verb. (idiomatic) (British) (informal) To be popularly accepted, or supported by the general majority of people.
RULE ON, verb. (legal) (transitive) To make a decision in an official capacity regarding some matter.
RULE OUT, verb. (transitive) To cross an item out by drawing a straight line through it, as with a ruler.
RULE OUT, verb. (idiomatic) (transitive) To reject an option from a list of possibilities.
RULE OUT, verb. (idiomatic) (transitive) To make something impossible.
RULE OUT, verb. (transitive) To disallow.
RULE OUT, verb. (transitive) To make unavailable.
RULE OVER, verb. (transitive) (idiomatic) to be a ruler of, to command.
RULE THE ROAST, verb. Archaic form of rule the roost.
RULE THE ROOST, verb. (idiomatic) To be the controlling member(s) of a family, organization, or other group.
RULE THE SCHOOL, verb. To substantially control a school administratively, financially, or to control a school's curriculum.
RULE THE SCHOOL, verb. (idiomatic) (of one or a group of students) To socially dominate a school's student population, or a major part of it (such as the girls or the boys).

Dictionary definition

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".
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".
RULE, noun. Prescribed guide for conduct or action.
RULE, noun. (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice.
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".
RULE, noun. The duration of a monarch's or government's power; "during the rule of Elizabeth".
RULE, noun. Dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar".
RULE, noun. Directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; "he knew the rules of chess".
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".
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".
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".
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.
RULE, verb. Exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?".
RULE, verb. Decide with authority; "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed".
RULE, verb. Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood".
RULE, verb. Decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty".
RULE, verb. Have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac.
RULE, verb. Mark or draw with a ruler; "rule the margins".
RULE, verb. Keep in check; "rule one's temper".

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats