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[roo-ler] /ˈru lər/
a person who rules or governs; sovereign.
Also, rule. a strip of wood, metal, or other material having a straight edge and usually marked off in inches or centimeters, used for drawing lines, measuring, etc.
a person or thing that rules paper, wood, etc.
Astrology. the planet primarily associated with any sign of the zodiac or any house of the horoscope:
The ruler of Aries is Mars. The ruler of Taurus is Venus.
Origin of ruler
1325-75; Middle English; see rule, -er1
Related forms
subruler, noun
underruler, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ruler
  • Their subjects made donations to the temples to curry favor-both with the gods and with the local ruler.
  • To ascertain this easily, insert a clean, wood ruler into the pan before cooking and measure how far up the mixture comes.
  • What begins as an attempt to build a fancy scale or ruler can end up being the basis for a major discovery.
  • Grab a ruler and measure your physical copy of the letterhead.
  • Have the students imagine what a local ruler in their port might do to attract traders.
  • It began with the hands, either from the teacher's hand or a ruler.
  • Almost nobody is allowed to present their grievances directly to the ruler.
  • Their grave lies near the elaborate tomb of an early ruler.
  • The idea of a big bang comes from the use of a rigid ruler nailed to today's size to measure the expansion going back in time.
  • It takes three hours using a pen, ink and ruler to transform a sheet of paper into news and art.
British Dictionary definitions for ruler


a person who rules or commands
Also called rule. a strip of wood, metal, or other material, having straight edges graduated usually in millimetres or inches, used for measuring and drawing straight lines
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ruler

"one who rules," late 14c., agent noun from rule (v.). Meaning "instrument used for making straight lines" is c.1400 (cf. rule (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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