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ruler

[roo-ler] /ˈru lər/
noun
1.
a person who rules or governs; sovereign.
2.
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.
3.
a person or thing that rules paper, wood, etc.
4.
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see rule, -er1
Related forms
subruler, noun
underruler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rulers

ruler

/ˈruːlə/
noun
1.
a person who rules or commands
2.
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
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Word Origin and History for rulers

ruler

n.

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

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