1. A principle or condition that customarily governs behavior (synset 105854581)
    "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"
  2. Something regarded as a normative example (synset 105675457)
    "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"
  3. Prescribed guide for conduct or action (synset 106664987)
  4. (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice (synset 107274440)
  5. A basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct (synset 105922132)
    "their principles of composition characterized all their works"
  6. The duration of a monarch's or government's power (synset 115320659)
    "during the rule of Elizabeth"
  7. Dominance or power through legal authority (synset 114466399)
    "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"
  8. Directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted (synset 106801754)
    "he knew the rules of chess"
  9. Any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order (synset 106664809)
    "the rule of St. Dominic"
  10. A rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system (synset 105882839)
    "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
  11. (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems (synset 105855459)
    "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
  12. 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 (synset 104125870)
  1. Exercise authority over;
    As of nations (synset 202592711)
    "Who is governing the country now?"
  2. Decide with authority (synset 200717773)
    "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"
  3. Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance (synset 202650318)
    "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
  4. Decide on and make a declaration about (synset 200974031)
    "find someone guilty"
  5. Have an affinity with;
    Of signs of the zodiac (synset 202722870)
  6. Mark or draw with a ruler (synset 201693915)
    "rule the margins"
  7. Keep in check (synset 200235558)
    "rule one's temper"

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