that rules; specif.,
- the act of governing
- an official decision, esp. one made by a court or judge
- the making of ruled lines
- the lines so made
- Exercising control or authority: the ruling junta; ruling circles of the government.
- Predominant: the ruling principle.
- The act of governing or controlling.
- An authoritative or official decision: a court ruling.
- That rules; predominant; chief; reigning; controlling.
- the ruling monarch
- a ruling passion
- Present participle of rule.
Variant of rule
- an authoritative regulation for action, conduct, method, procedure, arrangement, etc.: the rules of the school
- an established practice that serves as a guide to usage: the rules of grammar
- a complete set or code of regulations in a religious order: the Benedictine rule
- a fixed principle that determines conduct; habit; custom: to make it a rule never to hurry
- something that usually or normally happens or obtains; customary course of events: famine is the rule following war
- government; reign; control
- the period of reigning of a particular ruler or government
- a ruler or straightedge
- Obsolete way of acting; behavior
- a regulation or guide established by a court governing court practice and procedure
- a declaration, order, etc. made by a judge or court in deciding a specific question or point of law
- a legal principle or maxim
- Math. a method or procedure prescribed for computing or solving a problem
- a thin strip of metal, the height of type, used to print straight or decorative lines, borders, etc.
- a line so printed
Origin of ruleMiddle English reule ; from Old French rieule ; from Classical Latin regula, ruler, straightedge ; from regere, to lead straight, rule: see right
transitive verbruled, ruling
- to have an influence over; guide: to be ruled by one's friends
- to lessen; restrain: reason ruled his fear
- to have authority over; govern; direct: to rule a country
- to be the most important element of; dominate: action rules the plot
- to settle by decree; determine: the court ruled the validity of the point
- to mark lines on with or as with a ruler
- to mark (a line) thus
- to have supreme authority; govern
- to be at a specified rate or level; prevail: said of prices, commodities, etc.
- to issue a formal decree about a question
as a rule
- to exclude, as by decision
- to prevent; make impossible