- rules committee,
- rules of order,
- ruling elder,
- ruling grade,
- rum rebellion
Origin of ruling
- a formal order or direction made by a court, as for governing the procedure of the court (general rule) or for sending the case before a referee (special rule).
- a legal principle.
- a court order in a particular case.
- a fixed area in the neighborhood of certain prisons within which certain prisoners were allowed to live.
- the freedom of such an area.
verb (used with object), ruled, rul·ing.
verb (used without object), ruled, rul·ing.
- to prove to be unrelated or not for consideration; eliminate; exclude: to rule out the possibility of error.
- to make impossible or impracticable: The rainstorm ruled out the holiday camping.
Origin of rule
Examples from the Web for ruling
That ruling is binding law in the United States, no matter what the former vice president says.
The constitutional problem with this ruling, experts say, is that it places an extra burden on women for being pregnant.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences|Emily Shire|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“It is well established that a fetus is not a ‘person’; rather it is a sui generis organism,” the ruling stated.
That ruling was affirmed in a final judgment by the Afghan courts, which the Afghan Supreme Court confirmed in 2013.
Muslim leaders have accused the ruling elite of carrying out what they see as religious persecution.
The mode of life of the ruling class will necessarily differ widely from that of the ruled.Aristotle and Ancient Educational Ideals|Thomas Davidson
Varley would have explained to him that his ruling sign being Leo, he required like all lions the warm sunny south.William Blake|Charles Gardner
He is the ruling power of external religion, as the High Priestess is the prevailing genius of the esoteric, withdrawn power.The Illustrated Key to the Tarot|L. W. de Laurence
Gayety, wit, and ingenuity are their ruling character: they aspire not to the sublime; still less to the pathetic.
I won't have one of these creatures that have been ruling here—except the cook.The Prisoner|Alice Brown
- a printed or drawn character in the form of a long thin line
- another name for dash 1 (def. 13) en rule; em rule
- a strip of brass or other metal used to print such a line
Word Origin for rule
"determination by a judge or court on a point arising in the course of a trial or hearing," 1550s, verbal noun from rule (v.).
c.1200, "principle or maxim governing conduct, formula to which conduct must be conformed" from Old French riule, Norman reule "rule, custom, (religious) order" (in Modern French partially re-Latinized as règle), from Vulgar Latin *regula, from Latin regula "straight stick, bar, ruler;" figuratively "a pattern, a model," related to regere "to rule, straighten, guide" (see regal). Replaced Old English wealdan.
Meaning "regulation governing play of a game, etc." is from 1690s. Phrase rule of thumb first attested 1690s. Rule of law "supremacy of impartial and well-defined laws to any individual's power" is from 1883. Meaning "strip used for making straight lines or measuring" is recorded from mid-14c. Typography sense is attested from 1680s.
c.1200, "to control, guide, direct," from Old French riuler "impose rule," from Latin regulare (see regulate). Legal sense "establish by decision" is recorded from early 15c. Meaning "mark with lines" is from 1590s. Meaning "to dominate, prevail" is from 1874. "Rule Brittania," patriotic song, is from 1740. Related: Ruled; ruling.
In addition to the idioms beginning with rule
- rule of thumb
- rule out
- rule the roost
- as a rule
- exception proves the rule
- ground rules