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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

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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