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rule (ruːl)
1.  an authoritative regulation or direction concerning method or procedure, as for a court of law, legislative body, game, or other human institution or activity: judges' rules; play according to the rules
2.  the exercise of governmental authority or control: the rule of Caesar
3.  the period of time in which a monarch or government has power: his rule lasted 100 days
4.  a customary form or procedure; regular course of action: he made a morning swim his rule
5.  the rule the common order of things; normal condition: violence was the rule rather than the exception
6.  a prescribed method or procedure for solving a mathematical problem, or one constituting part of a computer program, usually expressed in an appropriate formalism
7.  a formal expression of a grammatical regularity in a linguistic description of a language
8.  any of various devices with a straight edge for guiding or measuring; ruler: a carpenter's rule
9.  a.  a printed or drawn character in the form of a long thin line
 b.  another name for dash : en rule; em rule
 c.  a strip of brass or other metal used to print such a line
10.  Christianity a systematic body of prescriptions defining the way of life to be followed by members of a religious order
11.  law an order by a court or judge
12.  as a rule normally or ordinarily
13.  to exercise governing or controlling authority over (a people, political unit, individual, etc): he ruled for 20 years; his passion for her ruled his life
14.  (when tr, often takes a clause as object) to decide authoritatively; decree: the chairman ruled against the proposal
15.  (tr) to mark with straight parallel lines or make one straight line, as with a ruler: to rule a margin
16.  (tr) to restrain or control: to rule one's temper
17.  (intr) to be customary or prevalent: chaos rules in this school
18.  (intr) to be pre-eminent or superior: football rules in the field of sport
19.  (tr) astrology (of a planet) to have a strong affinity with certain human attributes, activities, etc, associated with (one or sometimes two signs of the zodiac): Mars rules Aries
20.  rule the roost, rule the roast to be pre-eminent; be in charge
[C13: from Old French riule, from Latin rēgula a straight edge; see regulate]

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