rule

Part of speech: verb

To control; govern; establish; order.

Part of speech: verb

To mark with lines, as with ruler.

Part of speech: noun

Controlling power; authority.

Part of speech: noun

A direction; command; prescribed form; regular procedure.

Part of speech: noun

A ruler; printers' straight strip of metal.

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Usage examples "rule":

  1. But as a rule, I- Olof. - "Master Olof A Drama in Five Acts", August Strindberg.
  2. " I'm always found out, as a rule," says Mrs. Bohun, with a light laugh. - "Rossmoyne", Unknown.
  3. She knew every one, and " her rule appeared to be at once absolute and welcome." - "The Lure of the Camera", Charles S. Olcott.