Rule vs. Ruler

Rule vs. Ruler — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Rule and Ruler

Rulenoun

Governing power or its possession or use; authority.

Rulernoun

One, such as a monarch or dictator, that rules or governs.

Rulenoun

The duration of such power.

Rulernoun

A straightedged strip, as of wood or metal, for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths. Also called rule.

Rulenoun

An authoritative, prescribed direction for conduct, especially one of the regulations governing procedure in a legislative body or a regulation observed by the players in a game, sport, or contest.

Rulernoun

A (usually rigid), flat, rectangular measuring or drawing device with graduations in units of measurement; a straightedge with markings.

Rulenoun

The body of regulations prescribed by the founder of a religious order for governing the conduct of its members.

Rulernoun

A person who rules or governs; someone or something that exercises dominion or controlling power over others.

Rulenoun

A usual, customary, or generalized course of action or behavior

"The rule of life in the defense bar ordinarily is to go along and get along" (Scott Turow).

Rulerverb

(transitive) To beat with a ruler (as a traditional school punishment).

Rulenoun

A generalized statement that describes what is true in most or all cases

In this office, hard work is the rule, not the exception.

Rulernoun

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

Rulenoun

(Mathematics) A standard method or procedure for solving a class of problems.

Rulernoun

a person who rules or commands;

swayer of the universe

Rulenoun

A court decision serving as a precedent for subsequent cases

the Miranda rule.

Rulenoun

A legal doctrine or principle.

Rulenoun

A court order.

Rulenoun

A minor regulation or law.

Rulenoun

A statute or regulation governing the court process

rule of procedure.rule of evidence.

Rulenoun

See ruler.

Rulenoun

(Printing) A thin metal strip of various widths and designs, used to print borders or lines, as between columns.

Ruleverb

To exercise control, dominion, or direction over; govern

rule a kingdom.

Ruleverb

To have a powerful influence over; dominate

"Many found the lanky westerner naive, and supposed that he would be ruled by one of his more commanding cabinet officers" (William Marvel).

Ruleverb

To be a preeminent or dominant factor in

"It was a place where ... middle-class life was ruled by a hankering for all things foreign" (Amitav Ghosh).

Ruleverb

To decide or declare authoritatively or judicially; decree

The judges ruled that the answer was acceptable. The police ruled the death a homicide. The law was ruled unconstitutional.

Ruleverb

To mark with straight parallel lines.

Ruleverb

To mark (a straight line), as with a ruler.

Ruleverb

To be in total control or command; exercise supreme authority.

Ruleverb

To formulate and issue a decree or decision.

Ruleverb

To prevail at a particular level or rate

Prices ruled low.

Ruleverb

(Slang) To be excellent or superior

That new video game rules!.

Rulenoun

A regulation, law, guideline.

All participants must adhere to the rules.

Rulenoun

A ruler; device for measuring, a straightedge, a measure.

Rulenoun

A straight line continuous mark, as made by a pen or the like, especially one lying across a paper as a guide for writing.

Rulenoun

A regulating principle.

Rulenoun

The act of ruling; administration of law; government; empire; authority; control.

Rulenoun

A normal condition or state of affairs.

My rule is to rise at six o'clock.As a rule, our senior editors are serious-minded.

Rulenoun

(obsolete) Conduct; behaviour.

Rulenoun

(legal) An order regulating the practice of the courts, or an order made between parties to an action or a suit.

Rulenoun

(math) A determinate method prescribed for performing any operation and producing a certain result.

a rule for extracting the cube root

Rulenoun

A thin plate of brass or other metal, of the same height as the type, and used for printing lines, as between columns on the same page, or in tabular work.

Ruleverb

(transitive) To regulate, be in charge of, make decisions for, reign over.

Ruleverb

To excel.

This game rules!

Ruleverb

(transitive) To mark (paper or the like) with rules lines.

Ruleverb

(intransitive) To decide judicially.

Ruleverb

(transitive) To establish or settle by, or as by, a rule; to fix by universal or general consent, or by common practice.

Rulenoun

a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior;

it was his rule to take a walk before breakfastshort haircuts were the regulation

Rulenoun

something regarded as a normative example;

the convention of not naming the main characterviolence is the rule not the exceptionhis formula for impressing visitors

Rulenoun

prescribed guide for conduct or action

Rulenoun

(linguistics) a rule describing (or prescribing) a linguistic practice

Rulenoun

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

Rulenoun

a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system;

the principle of the conservation of massthe principle of jet propulsionthe right-hand rule for inductive fields

Rulenoun

the duration of a monarch's or government's power;

during the rule of Elizabeth

Rulenoun

dominance or power through legal authority;

France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africathe rule of Caesar

Rulenoun

directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted;

he knew the rules of chess

Rulenoun

any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order;

the rule of St. Dominic

Rulenoun

(mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems;

he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signshe gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials

Rulenoun

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

Ruleverb

exercise authority over; as of nations;

Who is governing the country now?

Ruleverb

decide with authority;

The King decreed that all first-born males should be killed

Ruleverb

be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance;

Money reigns supreme hereHispanics predominate in this neighborhood

Ruleverb

decide on and make a declaration about;

find someone guilty

Ruleverb

have an affinity with; of signs of the zodiac

Ruleverb

mark or draw with a ruler;

rule the margins

Ruleverb

keep in check;

rule one's temper