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rule British & World English

One of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure within a particular area of activity

rule English Thesaurus

you should follow any health and safety rules which apply to your workplace

em rule British & World English

A long dash (—) used in punctuation

en rule British & World English

A short dash (-) used in punctuation, in particular between figures to show a range (for example, 1939–45)

Rule 43 British & World English

(In the UK) a prison regulation whereby prisoners, typically sex offenders, can be isolated or segregated for their own protection

by rule British & World English

In a regular manner according to a particular set of rules

em rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

long dash (—) used in punctuation, roughly the width of the letter M; set with no space either side

en rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

a short dash, the width of an en, used especially between figures (the 1939–45 war); set with no space either side

foot rule British & World English

A foot-long measuring instrument

gag rule British & World English

A regulation or directive that prohibits public discussion of a particular matter, in particular

home rule British & World English

The government of a colony, dependent country, or region by its own citizens, in particular as advocated for Ireland 1870–1914

mob rule British & World English

Control of a political situation by those outside the conventional or lawful realm, typically involving violence and intimidation

rule book British & World English

The regulations or standards of behaviour that should be followed in a particular job, organization, or sphere

self-rule British & World English

Another term for self-government111.

home rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

government of a place by its own citizens

direct rule British & World English

A system of government in which a province is controlled by a central government

golden rule British & World English

A basic principle which should always be followed to ensure success in general or in a particular activity

ground rule British & World English

A basic principle

phase rule British & World English

A rule relating the possible numbers of phases, constituents, and degrees of freedom in a chemical system

plumb rule British & World English

A plumb line attached to a board, used by builders and surveyors

as a rule British & World English

Usually, but not always

rule-bound British & World English

Overly limited or restricted by rules

slide rule British & World English

A ruler with a sliding central strip, marked with logarithmic scales and used for making rapid calculations, especially multiplication and division

indirect rule British & World English

A system of government of one nation by another in which the governed people retain certain administrative, legal, and other powers

majority rule British & World English

The principle that the greater number should exercise greater power

Simpson's rule British & World English

An arithmetical rule for estimating the area under a curve where the values of an odd number of ordinates, including those at each end, are known

fifty-year rule British & World English

A rule that public records may be open to inspection after a lapse of fifty years. Superseded in the UK in 1968 by the thirty-year rule

five-second rule British & World English

A notional rule stating that food which has been dropped on the ground will still be uncontaminated with bacteria and therefore safe to eat if it is retrieved within five seconds

rule of law British & World English

The restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws

selection rule British & World English

A rule which describes whether particular quantum transitions in an atom or molecule are allowed or forbidden

ten-minute rule British & World English

A rule of the House of Commons allowing brief discussion of a motion to introduce a bill, each speech being limited to ten minutes

thirty-year rule British & World English

A rule that public records may be open to inspection after a lapse of thirty years

trapezium rule British & World English

A method of estimating the area under a curve by dividing it into a series of strips, each of which is approximately a trapezium

work to rule British & World English

Follow official working rules and hours exactly in order to reduce output and efficiency, especially as a form of industrial action

fifty-year rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

rule making public records available after fifty years, superseded in 1968 by the thirty-year rule

work-to-rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphens, three words as verb)


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