rewrite rule


re·​write rule ˈrē-ˌrīt- How to pronounce rewrite rule (audio)
: a rule in a grammar which specifies the constituents of a single symbol

Examples of rewrite rule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Backlash over those disclosures prompted Treasury to rewrite rules on the fly. Emily Flitter, New York Times, 6 May 2020 Federal officials rewrote rules under the Endangered Species Act, essentially permitting less water for fish and more for the state and federal pumps. Kurtis Alexander,, 18 Feb. 2020 In 2014, federal authorities finished rewriting rules for commercial helicopter flights, focusing on air ambulances. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2020 Attorneys for the Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union have dueled before a federal appeals court on two major policies that rewrite rules for seeking and getting asylum. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2019 Trista MatasCastillo, Ramsey County Commissioner, said the incident led the county to re-examine its policies and rewrite rules about how employees interact with workers who are minors. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, 1 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, bank overseers can plow ahead rewriting rules affecting bank stress tests, capital and liquidity rules, and lending to low-income borrowers. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, 7 Nov. 2018 The City Council, meanwhile, rewrote rules for chronic nuisance properties, in part because of the Gentle Woods house., 13 June 2018 The new, rewritten rules — and the bill approved Wednesday — do not require a generator. Dan Sweeney,, 15 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rewrite rule was in 1960

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“Rewrite rule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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