An example of law is don't drink and drive.
The laws of exponents.
The laws of grammar; the laws of visual perspective.
The commander's word was law.
Tax law; criminal law.
To establish law and order.
A new law forbids driving on that road.
To resort to law to settle a matter.
The laws of health, a law of grammar.
The law of self-preservation.
Newton's third law of motion states that to every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. This is one of several laws derived from his general theory expounded in the PhilosophiÃ¦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
- A totally independent operator:An executive who is a law unto herself.
- To mete out justice as one sees fit without due recourse to law enforcement agencies or the courts.
- to take a problem or dispute to a law court for settlement
- to give explicit orders in an authoritative manner
- to give a scolding (to)
- to study to become a lawyer
- the Mosaic law, or the part of the Jewish Scriptures containing it; specif., the Pentateuch
- a policeman or the police
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of law
- Middle English from Old English lagu from Old Norse lagu variant of lag that which is laid down legh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English lawe, laÈe, from Old English lagu (“law"), from Old Norse *lagu, an early plural form of lag, lÇ«g (“layer, stratum, a laying in order, measure, stroke, law", literally “something laid down or fixed"), from Proto-Germanic *lagÄ… (“that which is laid down"), from Proto-Indo-European *legh- (“to lie"). Cognate with Icelandic lÃ¶g (“things laid down, law"), Swedish lag (“law"), Danish lov (“law"). Replaced Old English Ç£ and gesetnes. More at lay.
- From Old English hlÄw (“burial mound"). Also spelled low.
- Compare la.