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