- 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).
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Contemporary Examples of regularity
“Regularity is more important than duration so that it integrates into the mind and body,” says Cruikshank.Yoga Is Good for You. But Is It Medicine?
June 27, 2014
He flew into rages with some regularity, some of them drunken, and over the years said all manner of offensive things.How Rob Ford Could Win Reelection
January 3, 2014
They can even help your digestion and the regularity of your bowel movements.Squats: The Absolutely Incredible Secret to Staying in Shape
January 2, 2014
His big passion these days is the minimum wage, which he has written about with some regularity.Could a Larger Minimum Wage Hike Sell?
November 13, 2013
I want to die in a shower of color and return form the dead with annual regularity.American Dreams, 1983: Meditations in Green by Stephen Wright
September 30, 2013
Historical Examples of regularity
There seemed to be neither plan nor regularity to their journeying.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
She had fine eyes and a fine complexion, yet no regularity of feature.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Tracey was quiet for a time, working with the regularity of a mind relieved.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
That makes two degrees, the first of which is regularity and the second virtue.Initiation into Philosophy
The Englishman's arms shot into the slime with the regularity of pistons.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- (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
c.1600, from Middle French regularite, from Medieval Latin *regularitas, from Latin regularis (see regular (adj.)).
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.