What does ruler mean?

Definitions for ruler
ˈru lərruler

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruler, swayernoun

    a person who rules or commands

    "swayer of the universe"

  2. rule, rulernoun

    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


  1. rulernoun

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

  2. rulernoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rulernoun

    Etymology: from rule.

    Soon rulers grow proud, and in their pride foolish. Philip Sidney.

    God, by his eternal providence, has ordained kings; and the law of nature, leaders and rulers over others. Walter Raleigh.

    The pompous mansion was design’d
    To please the mighty rulers of mankind;
    Inferior temples use on either hand. Addison.

    They know how to draw a straight line between two points by the side of a ruler. Joseph Moxon, Mechanical Exercises.


  1. Ruler

    A ruler, sometimes called a rule, line gauge, or scale, is a device used in geometry and technical drawing, as well as the engineering and construction industries, to measure distances or draw straight lines.


  1. ruler

    A ruler is a tool that is typically straight-edged and has measurement increments marked on it. It is primarily used to draw straight lines or measure distances and often comes in different lengths such as 6 inch (15 cm) or 12 inch (30 cm) for regular use, or longer ones for specialized use. The measurements on a ruler can be in various units including inches, centimeters, millimeters, or a combination. It can be made from various materials, including wood, metal, or plastic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rulernoun

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

  2. Rulernoun

    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.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruler in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruler in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ruler in a Sentence

  1. Sun Tzu:

    If fighting is sure to result in victory, then you must fight, even though the ruler forbid it; if fighting will not result in victory, then you must not fight, even at the ruler's bidding.

  2. Avi Loeb:

    It is difficult to be certain of your conclusions if you use a ruler that you dont fully understand.

  3. Jeffrey Swanson:

    It’s an elastic boundary, a rubber ruler, about 48 million people in the U.S. have some kind of diagnosable mental illness.

  4. Marc Agnifilo:

    He was a ruler with no limits and no checks on his power.

  5. Proverb:

    If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked. #CVirusTruth

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