Definition of Rule


  • 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
  • (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"
  • 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"
  • any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order
    "the rule of St. Dominic"
  • directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted
    "he knew the rules of chess"
  • dominance or power through legal authority
    "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"
    "the rule of Caesar"
  • the duration of a monarch's or government's power
    "during the rule of Elizabeth"
  • 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"
  • (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
    - linguistic rule
  • prescribed guide for conduct or action
  • 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"
  • a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
    "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"
    "short haircuts were the regulation"


  • keep in check
    "rule one's temper"
  • mark or draw with a ruler
    "rule the margins"
  • have an affinity with
    of signs of the zodiac
  • decide on and make a declaration about
    "find someone guilty"
  • be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
    "Money reigns supreme here"
    "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
  • decide with authority
    "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"
  • exercise authority over
    as of nations
    "Who is governing the country now?"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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Unscramble rule

11 unscramble word found using the letters rule.

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