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

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