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'rule' - used as a noun
1. a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast
2. something regarded as a normative example
violence is the rule not the exception
3. prescribed guide for conduct or action
4. (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
5. a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct
6. a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system
the right-hand rule for inductive fields
7. the duration of a monarch's or government's power
during the rule of Elizabeth
8. dominance or power through legal authority
the rule of Caesar
9. directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted
he knew the rules of chess
10. any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order
the rule of St. Dominic
11. (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems
he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs
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

'rule' - used as a verb
13. exercise authority over; as of nations
14. decide with authority
15. be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
16. decide on and make a declaration about
17. have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac
18. mark or draw with a ruler
rule the margins
19. keep in check
rule one's temper

derived forms
1. Rule / Plural
2. Rule / Past
3. Rule / Third Person
4. Rule / Present Participle
Variations of 'rule'
Who Said that ?
As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind. - Click here to find out.
Fact of the day
From 1526 to 1707, the first six Mogul emperors of India ruled in unbroken succession from father to son.