Definitions for rulerˈru lər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rul•erˈru lər(n.)

  1. a person who rules or governs; sovereign.

  2. Category: Weights and Measures

    Ref: Also, rule. 7

  3. a person or thing that rules lines on paper, wood, etc.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruler, swayer(noun)

    a person who rules or commands

    "swayer of the universe"

  2. rule, ruler(noun)

    measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ruler(noun)ˈru lər

    a single person in charge of a country

    the ruler of Japan

  2. rulerˈru lər

    a long flat stick used for measuring

    Underline the title with a ruler.


  1. ruler(Noun)

    A (usually rigid), flat, rectangular measuring or drawing device with graduations in units of measurement; a rule; a straightedge with markings; a measure.

  2. ruler(Noun)

    A person who rules or governs; a person who exercises dominion or controlling power over others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ruler(noun)

    one who rules; one who exercises sway or authority; a governor

  2. Ruler(noun)

    a straight or curved strip of wood, metal, etc., with a smooth edge, used for guiding a pen or pencil in drawing lines. Cf. Rule, n., 7 (a)


  1. Ruler

    A ruler, sometimes called a rule or line gauge, is an instrument used in geometry, technical drawing, printing as well as engineering and building to measure distances or to rule straight lines. The ruler is a straightedge which normally also contains calibrated lines to measure distances.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ruler' in Nouns Frequency: #2217

Translations for ruler

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who governs

the ruler of the state.

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