Rule, v. i. 1. To
have power or command; to exercise supreme authority; -- often
followed by over.
By me princes rule, and nobles.
Prov. viii. 16.
We subdue and rule over all other
2. (Law) To lay down and settle a rule
or order of court; to decide an incidental point; to enter a
rule. Burril. Bouvier.
3. (Com.) To keep within a (certain)
range for a time; to be in general, or as a rule; as, prices
ruled lower yesterday than the day before.
Rule, n. -- Rule of the
road (Law), any of the various regulations
imposed upon travelers by land or water for their mutual convenience
or safety. In the United States it is a rule of the road that land
travelers passing in opposite directions shall turn out each to his
own right, and generally that overtaking persons or vehicles shall
turn out to the left; in England the rule for vehicles (but not for
pedestrians) is the opposite of this.
Rule (?), n. [OE. reule,
riule, OF. riule, reule, F. régle,
fr. L. regula a ruler, rule, model, fr. regere,
rectum, to lead straight, to direct. See Right,
a., and cf. Regular.] 1.
That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for conduct or
action; a governing direction for a specific purpose; an authoritative
enactment; a regulation; a prescription; a precept; as, the
rules of various societies; the rules governing a
school; a rule of etiquette or propriety; the rules of
We profess to have embraced a religion which contains
the most exact rules for the government of our
2. Hence: (a) Uniform or
established course of things.
'T is against the rule of nature.
(b) Systematic method or practice; as, my
ule is to rise at six o'clock. (c)
Ordibary course of procedure; usual way; comon state or condition
of things; as, it is a rule to which there are many
exeptions. (d) Conduct in general;
This uncivil rule; she shall know of
3. The act of ruling; administration of law;
government; empire; authority; control.
Obey them that have the rule over
you. Heb. xiii. 17.
His stern rule the groaning land
4. (Law) An order regulating the
practice of the courts, or an order made between parties to an action
or a suit. Wharton.
5. (Math.) A determinate method
prescribed for performing any operation and producing a certain
result; as, a rule for extracting the cube root.
6. (Gram.) A general principle
concerning the formation or use of words, or a concise statement
thereof; thus, it is a rule in England, that s or
es , added to a noun in the singular number, forms the plural
of that noun; but "man" forms its plural "men", and is an exception to
7. (a) A straight strip of
wood, metal, or the like, which serves as a guide in drawing a
straight line; a ruler. (b) A measuring
instrument consisting of a graduated bar of wood, ivory, metal, or the
like, which is usually marked so as to show inches and fractions of an
inch, and jointed so that it may be folded compactly.
A judicious artist will use his eye, but he will trust
only to his rule. South.
8. (Print.) (a) A thin
plate of metal (usually brass) of the same height as the type, and
used for printing lines, as between columns on the same page, or in
tabular work. (b) A composing rule. See
As a rule, as a general thing; in the main;
usually; as, he behaves well, as a rule. -- Board
rule, Caliber rule, etc. See under
Board, Caliber, etc. -- Rule
joint, a knuckle joint having shoulders that abut when
the connected pieces come in line with each other, and thus permit
folding in one direction only. -- Rule of three
(Arith.), that rule which directs, when three terms are
given, how to find a fourth, which shall have the same ratio to the
third term as the second has to the first; proportion. See
Proportion, 5 (b). -- Rule of
thumb, any rude process or operation, like that of using
the thumb as a rule in measuring; hence, judgment and practical
experience as distinguished from scientific knowledge.
Syn. -- regulation; law; precept; maxim; guide; canon;
order; method; direction; control; government; sway; empire.
Rule, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Ruled (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Ruling.] [Cf. OF. riuler, ruiler, L.
regulare. See Rule, n., and cf.
Regulate.] 1. To control the will and
actions of; to exercise authority or dominion over; to govern; to
A bishop then must be blameless; . . . one that
ruleth well his own house, having his children in
subjection. 1 Tim. iii. 2, 4.
2. To control or direct by influence, counsel,
or persuasion; to guide; -- used chiefly in the passive.
I think she will be ruled Shak.
In all respects by me.
3. To establish or settle by, or as by, a
rule; to fix by universal or general consent, or by common
That's are ruled case with the
4. (Law) To require or command by rule;
to give as a direction or order of court.
5. To mark with lines made with a pen, pencil,
etc., guided by a rule or ruler; to print or mark with lines by means
of a rule or other contrivance effecting a similar result; as, to
rule a sheet of paper of a blank book.
Ruled surface (Geom.), any surface
that may be described by a straight line moving according to a given
law; -- called also a scroll.