- real or genuine; down-to-earth; decent: a regular guy.
- absolute; thoroughgoing: a regular rascal.
- governed by one law throughout.
- (of a polygon) having all sides and angles equal.
- (of a polyhedron) having all faces congruent regular polygons, and all solid angles congruent.
- (of a topological space) having the property that, corresponding to each point and a closed set not containing the point, there are two disjoint open sets, one containing the point, the other containing the closed set.
- (of a function of a complex variable) analytic(def 5a).
Origin of regular
Synonyms for regular
Related Words for regularformal, daily, traditional, legitimate, routine, proper, ordinary, typical, everyday, usual, constant, standardized, efficient, steady, periodic, systematic, commonplace, natural, classic, official
Examples from the Web for regular
Contemporary Examples of regular
But they say its effect on the regular daily operation of organized crime has been negligible.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
His hero, Bruce Springsteen, is a gazillionaire, but he still manages to come across as a regular guy, so perception is reality.Will Chris Christie Regret His Cowboy Hug?
January 5, 2015
And with regular clients that see him at least twice a month, relationships inevitably form.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex
January 3, 2015
Yet the email references the 1970s, “when police officers were ambushed and executed on a regular basis.”We Need Our Police to Be Better Than This
December 31, 2014
Park employees helped John quit tobacco by way of a butts-proof glass enclosure, a drastic change in diet, and regular exercise.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence
December 31, 2014
Historical Examples of regular
It will not even be a regular history in the accepted sense of the word.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It was one of the regular delights of the household to see them bathe.
The stairway was very narrow, and formed a regular spiral as in a turret.
For the remainder of that day, poor George was in a regular whirl of excitement.Life in London
The bayonets glisten in a regular line of blue-white points.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- (of a polygon) equilateral and equiangular
- (of a polyhedron) having identical regular polygons as faces that make identical angles with each other
- (of a prism) having regular polygons as bases
- (of a pyramid) having a regular polygon as a base and the altitude passing through the centre of the base
- another name for analytic (def. 5)
Word Origin for regular
late 14c., from Old French reguler "ecclesiastical" (Modern French r*#233;gulier), from Late Latin regularis "containing rules for guidance," from Latin regula "rule," from PIE *reg- "move in a straight line" (see regal).
Earliest sense was of religious orders (the opposite of secular). Extended from late 16c. to shapes, etc., that followed predictable or uniform patterns; sense of "normal" is from 1630s; meaning "real, genuine" is from 1821. Old English borrowed Latin regula and nativized it as regol "rule, regulation, canon, law, standard, pattern;" hence regolsticca "ruler" (instrument); regollic (adj.) "canonical, regular."
c.1400, "member of a religious order," from regular (adj.). Sense of "soldier of a standing army" is from 1756. Meaning "regular customer" is from 1852; meaning "leaded gasoline" is from 1978.