Rule, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ruled p. pr. & vb. n. Ruling.]
1. To control the will and actions of; to exercise authority or dominion over; to govern; to manage.
A bishop then must be blameless; . . . one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection. --1 Tim. iii. 2, 4.
2. To control or direct by influence, counsel, or persuasion; to guide; -- used chiefly in the passive.
I think she will be ruled
In all respects by me. --Shak.
3. To establish or settle by, or as by, a rule; to fix by universal or general consent, or by common practice.
That's are ruled case with the schoolmen. --Atterbury.
4. Law To require or command by rule; to give as a direction or order of court.
5. To mark with lines made with a pen, pencil, etc., guided by a rule or ruler; to print or mark with lines by means of a rule or other contrivance effecting a similar result; as, to rule a sheet of paper of a blank book.
Ruled surface Geom., any surface that may be described by a straight line moving according to a given law; -- called also a scroll.
1. Predominant; chief; reigning; controlling; as, a ruling passion; a ruling sovereign.
2. Used in marking or engraving lines; as, a ruling machine or pen.
Syn: -- Predominant; chief; controlling; directing; guiding; governing; prevailing; prevalent.
1. The act of one who rules; ruled lines.
2. Law A decision or rule of a judge or a court, especially an oral decision, as in excluding evidence.
adj : exercising power or authority [syn: regnant, reigning]
n : the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the
decision itself) [syn: opinion]