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Overview of noun rule

The noun rule has 12 senses? (first 5 from tagged texts)
1. (15) rule, regulation

(a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation")

2. (15) convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula

(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")

3. (10) rule, prescript

(prescribed guide for conduct or action)

4. (7) rule, linguistic rule

((linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice)

5. (3) principle, rule

(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")

6. rule

(the duration of a monarch's or government's power; "during the rule of Elizabeth")

7. dominion, rule

(dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar")

8. rule

(directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; "he knew the rules of chess")

9. rule

(any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; "the rule of St. Dominic")

10. principle, rule

(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")

11. rule, formula

((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")

12. rule, ruler

(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)


Overview of verb rule

The verb rule has 7 senses? (first 4 from tagged texts)
1. (12) govern, rule

(exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?")

2. (9) rule, decree

(decide with authority; "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed")

3. (2) predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevail

(be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood")

4. (1) rule, find

(decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty")

5. rule

(have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac)

6. rule

(mark or draw with a ruler; "rule the margins")

7. rule, harness, rein

(keep in check; "rule one's temper")

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