- a law, rule, or other order prescribed by authority, especially to regulate conduct.
- the act of regulating or the state of being regulated.
- Machinery. the percentage difference in some quantity related to the operation of an apparatus or machine, as the voltage output of a transformer or the speed of a motor, between the value of the quantity at no-load operation and its value at full-load operation.
- Electronics. the difference between maximum and minimum voltage drops between the anode and the cathode of a gas tube for a specified range of values of the anode current.
- Sports. the normal, prescribed duration of a game according to the sport's regulations, exclusive of any extra innings, overtime period, etc.: The Knicks tied the score in the final seconds of regulation, sending the game into overtime.
- prescribed by or conforming to regulation: regulation army equipment.
- usual; normal; customary: the regulation decorations for a Halloween party.
Origin of regulation
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Examples from the Web for regulation
Others fear that giving them the force of regulation could be more harmful because they would become outdated quickly.How Your Pacemaker Will Get Hacked
Kaiser Health News
November 17, 2014
The resulting negotiation, they hope, would gut the EPA regulation.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday
November 4, 2014
Smaller upstarts, however, are thwarted by the heavy cost of regulation before they even get a chance to enter the market.
The assumptions of the “regulation as public interest” crowd undermine their stated conclusions.
In practice, regulation tends to have the opposite effect of the pro-consumer policies the agency claims to promote.
There is one feature of the regulation in question, however, that does pain us.
He would like to say, however, that he strongly believed in regulation.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The regulation of your time and occupations would be your own.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
In medical circles the system of regulation has generally been defended.The Sexual Question
Finding the way long, he opened the book and read the regulation prayers.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
- the act or process of regulating
- a rule, principle, or condition that governs procedure or behaviour
- a governmental or ministerial order having the force of law
- embryol the ability of an animal embryo to develop normally after its structure has been altered or damaged in some way
- (modifier) as required by official rules or procedureregulation uniform
- (modifier) normal; usual; conforming to accepted standardsa regulation haircut
- electrical engineering the change in voltage occurring when a load is connected across a power supply, caused by internal resistance (for direct current) or internal impedance (alternating current)
Word Origin and History for regulation
1670s, "act of regulating; state of being reduced to order," noun of action from regulate. Meaning "rule for management" is from 1715. Related: Regulations.
- The act of regulating or the state of being regulated.
- A principle, rule, or law designed to control or govern conduct.
- A governmental order having the force of law.
- The capacity of an embryo to continue normal development following injury to or alteration of a structure.
Laws through which governments can control privately owned businesses.