rule

noun
1》 a regulation or principle governing conduct or procedure within a particular area of activity.
    ↘a code of practice and discipline for a religious community: the Rule of St Benedict.
2》 control or government: an end to British rule.
3》 (the rule) the normal or customary state of things.
4》 a straight strip of rigid material used for measuring; a ruler.
5》 a thin printed line or dash.
verb
1》 exercise ultimate power over (a people or nation).
    ↘exert a powerful and restricting influence on.
    ↘informal be very good or the best.
2》 pronounce authoritatively and legally to be the case.
3》 [often as adjective ruled] make parallel lines on (paper).
4》 (rule something out/in) exclude (or include) something as a possibility.
Phrases
as a rule usually, but not always.
rule of law the restriction of power by well-defined and established laws.
rule of the road a custom or law regulating the direction in which two vehicles should move to pass one another on meeting to avoid collision.
rule of thumb a broadly accurate guide or principle, based on practice rather than theory.
rule the roost be in complete control.
Derivatives
ruleless adjective
Origin
ME: from OFr. reule (n.), reuler (v.), from late L. regulare, from L. regula 'straight stick'.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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