The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rule \Rule\, n.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Syn: regulation; law; precept; maxim; guide; canon; order;
method; direction; control; government; sway; empire.
[1913 Webster] Rule \Rule\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ruled;
p. pr. & vb. n. Ruling.] [Cf. OF. riuler, ruiler, L.
regulare. See Rule, n., and cf. Regulate.]
1. To control the will and actions of; to exercise authority
or dominion over; to govern; to manage. --Chaucer.
A bishop then must be blameless; . . . one that
ruleth well his own house, having his children in
subjection. --1 Tim. iii.
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.
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.