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Meaning of rule
1. (n) 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
2. (n) 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. (n) a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "short haircuts were the regulation"
4. (n) (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"
5. (n) 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"
6. (n) 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"
7. (n) any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; "the rule of St. Dominic"
8. (n) prescribed guide for conduct or action
9. (n) directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; "he knew the rules of chess"
10. (n) (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
11. (n) dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"
12. (n) the duration of a monarch''s or government''s power; "during the rule of Elizabeth"
13. (v) keep in check; "rule one''s temper"
14. (v) decide with authority; "The King decreed that all first-born males should be killed"
15. (v) decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty"
16. (v) mark or draw with a ruler; "rule the margins"
17. (v) exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
18. (v) be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
19. (v) have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac
 

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