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Noun rule has 12 senses
  1. 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"
    --1 is a kind of concept, conception, construct
    --1 has particulars:
     restriction, limitation; guidepost, guideline, rule of thumb; cy pres, rule of cy pres, cy pres doctrine; working principle, working rule
  2. 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"
    --2 is a kind of practice
    --2 has particulars: mores; code of conduct, code of behavior
  3. rule, prescript - prescribed guide for conduct or action
    --3 is a kind of direction, instruction
    --3 is a part of book, rule book
    --3 has particulars:
     bylaw, bye law; rubric; order, rules of order, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure; rule of evidence; Miranda rule; principle, precept; golden rule; GIGO; dictate; regulation, ordinance; canon; etiquette; protocol, communications protocol
    Derived form: verb rule2
  4. rule, linguistic rule - (linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice
    --4 is a kind of concept, conception, construct
    --4 has particulars:
     grammatical rule, rule of grammar; morphological rule, rule of morphology
  5. 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"
    --5 is a kind of generalization, generalisation, generality
    --5 has particulars: pillar; yang; yin; feng shui
  6. 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"
    --6 is a kind of law, law of nature
    --6 has particulars:
     Gestalt law of organization, Gestalt principle of organization; Le Chatelier's principle, Le Chatelier's law, Le Chatelier principle, Le Chatelier-Braun principle; Gresham's Law; mass-energy equivalence; Naegele's rule; Occam's Razor, Ockham's Razor, principle of parsimony, law of parsimony; principle of equivalence; principle of liquid displacement; principle of superposition, Huygens' principle of superposition; principle of superposition, superposition principle, superposition; mass-action principle, mass action; localization of function, localisation of function, localization principle, localisation principle, localization, localisation
  7. rule - the duration of a monarch's or government's power; "during the rule of Elizabeth"
    --7 is a kind of
    duration, continuance
    --7 has particulars: Regency; regency
    Derived form: verb rule1
  8. dominion, rule - dominance or power through legal authority; "France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"
    --8 is a kind of dominance, ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy, ascendency, control
    --8 has particulars: paramountcy; raj; reign, sovereignty; suzerainty
    Derived form: verb rule1
  9. rule - directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; "he knew the rules of chess"
    --9 is a kind of
    direction, instruction
    --9 is a part of book, rule book
    --9 has particulars: ground rule
  10. 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 is a kind of
    direction, instruction
  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"
    --11 is a kind of procedure, process
    --11 has particulars:
     metarule; algorithm, algorithmic rule, algorithmic program; heuristic, heuristic rule, heuristic program; recursion
  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
    --12 is a kind of measuring stick, measure, measuring rod
    --12 has particulars:
     carpenter's rule; foot rule; meterstick, metrestick; yardstick, yard measure
    Derived form: verb rule6
Verb rule has 7 senses
  1. govern, rule - exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
    --1 is one way to control, command
    Derived forms: noun rule8, noun rule7, noun ruler2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    => Somebody ----s
  2. rule, decree - decide with authority; "The King decreed that all first-born males should be killed"
    --2 is one way to decide, make up one's mind, determine
    Derived forms: noun rule3, noun ruler2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
  3. predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevail - be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance; "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
    Somebody ----s PP
  4. rule, find - decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty"
    --4 is one way to pronounce, label, judge
    Derived form: noun ruling1
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s something Adjective/Noun
    Somebody ----s PP
  5. rule - have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac
    --5 is one way to
    attach to, accompany, come with, go with
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
  6. rule - mark or draw with a ruler; "rule the margins"
    --6 is one way to
    Derived forms: noun rule12, noun ruler1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  7. rule, harness, rein - keep in check; "rule one's temper"
    --7 is one way to restrict, restrain, trammel, limit, bound, confine, throttle
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
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