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3 letters words from 'rule'

URE 3 

2 letters words from 'rule'

EL 2ER 2
RE 2UR 2

All 4 letters words made out of rule

rule urle rlue lrue ulre lure ruel urel reul erul uerl eurl rleu lreu relu erlu leru elru uler luer uelr eulr leur elur

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Definitions and meaning of rule



  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ɹuːl/, [ɹuːɫ]
  • Rhymes: -uːl

Etymology 1

From Middle English reule, rewle, rule, borrowed from Old French riule, reule, itself an early semi-learned borrowing from Latin regula (straight stick, bar, ruler, pattern), from regō (to keep straight, direct, govern, rule), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₃réǵeti (to straighten; right), from the root *h₃reǵ-; see regent.


rule (countable and uncountable, plural rules)

  1. A regulation, law, guideline.
    • a. 1694, John Tillotson, Of The Obligations of Christians to a Holy Life
      We profess to have embraced a religion which contains the most exact rules for the government of our lives.
  2. A regulating principle.
    • c. 1604, William Shakespeare, All's well that ends well, Act I, scene I
      There's little can be said in 't; 'Tis against the rule of nature.
  3. The act of ruling; administration of law; government; empire; authority; control.
  4. A normal condition or state of affairs.
    My rule is to rise at six o'clock.
  5. (obsolete) Conduct; behaviour.
  6. (law) An order regulating the practice of the courts, or an order made between parties to an action or a suit.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wharton to this entry?)
  7. (mathematics) A determinate method prescribed for performing any operation and producing a certain result.
    a rule for extracting the cube root
  8. A ruler; device for measuring, a straightedge, a measure.
    • a. 1716, Robert South, Sermons
      As we may observe in the Works of Art, a Judicious Artist will indeed use his Eye, but he will trust only to his Rule.
  9. A straight line (continuous mark, as made by a pen or the like), especially one lying across a paper as a guide for writing.
  10. (printing, dated) 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.

Derived terms

Related terms

  • regulate
  • regent
  • regular


Etymology 2

From Middle English rulen, borrowed from Old French riuler, from Latin regulāre (to regulate, rule), from regula (a rule); see regular and regulate.


rule (third-person singular simple present rules, present participle ruling, simple past and past participle ruled)

  1. (transitive) To regulate, be in charge of, make decisions for, reign over.
  2. (slang, intransitive) To excel.
  3. (intransitive) To decide judicially.
  4. (transitive) To establish or settle by, or as by, a rule; to fix by universal or general consent, or by common practice.
    • 1687, Francis Atterbury, An Answer to some Considerations, the Spirit of Martin Luther and the Original of the Reformation
      That's a ruled case with the school-men.
  5. (transitive) To mark (paper or the like) with rules (lines).


  • (to excel): rock (also slang)


  • (to excel): suck (vulgar slang)

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Etymology 3

Related to revel.



  1. (obsolete) Revelry.


rule (third-person singular simple present rules, present participle ruling, simple past and past participle ruled)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To revel.

Further reading

  • rule in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • rule in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • ReLU, Ruel, lure




  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of rular.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of rular.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of rular.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of rular.

  • (Persian) an enormous bird of Arabian legend.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)