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