• A regulation, law, guideline.
  • A regulating principle.
  • The act of ruling; administration of law; government; empire; authority; control.
  • A normal condition or state of affairs.
  • Conduct; behaviour.
  • An order regulating the practice of the courts, or an order made between parties to an action or a suit.
  • A determinate method prescribed for performing any operation and producing a certain result.
  • A ruler; device for measuring, a straightedge, a measure.
  • A straight line , especially one lying across a paper as a guide for writing.
  • A thin plate of brass or other metal, of the same height as the type, and used for printing lines, as between columns on the same page, or in tabular work.
  • Revelry.


  • To regulate, be in charge of, make decisions for, reign over.
  • To excel.
  • To decide judicially.
  • To establish or settle by, or as by, a rule; to fix by universal or general consent, or by common practice.
  • To mark (paper or the like) with rules .
  • To revel.


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  • From Middle English reule, rewle, rule, borrowed from Old French riule, reule, itself an early semi-learned borrowing from Latin regula ("straight stick, bar, ruler, pattern"), from regō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₃réǵeti ("to straighten; right"), from the root *h₃reǵ-; see regent.
  • From Middle English rulen, borrowed from Old French riuler, from Latin regulāre ("to regulate, rule"), from regula; see regular and regulate.
  • Related to revel.

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