ruler

noun
rul·​er | \ ˈrü-lər How to pronounce ruler (audio) \

Definition of ruler

1 : one that rules specifically : sovereign
2 : a worker or a machine that rules paper
3 : a smooth-edged strip (as of wood or metal) that is usually marked off in units (such as inches) and is used as a straightedge or for measuring

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Other Words from ruler

rulership \ ˈrü-​lər-​ˌship How to pronounce rulership (audio) \ noun

Examples of ruler in a Sentence

a summit attended by a number of rulers from around the world This ruler shows inches and centimeters.

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Beleaguered Afghans streamed out of Kabul, fearing a US military strike against Taliban rulers harboring Osama bin Laden. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.," 15 Sep. 2019 In South Asian culture, wearing a turban typically indicated one’s social status – kings and rulers once wore turbans. Simran Jeet Singh, The Conversation, "Why Sikhs wear a turban and what it means to practice the faith in the United States," 13 Sep. 2019 In a country that had only two rulers for the first half-century after independence, 26 people are now competing to replace Essebsi. The Economist, "Tunisia’s election features fed-up voters and bizarre candidates," 12 Sep. 2019 And in many French-speaking African countries, bishops served as neutral mediators who led national conversations between autocratic rulers and civilians throughout the 1990s, often achieving democratic reforms. Joseph Hellweg, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s Catholic Church faces competition and a troubled legacy even as it grows," 12 Sep. 2019 The relief sculpture is a nearly 2-foot-tall fragment of a large limestone stela, a commemorative slab carved to mark the warrior ruler’s authority. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A looted Maya sculpture sparks a storm over its planned sale at auction," 11 Sep. 2019 Backing down in Hong Kong would violate what the rulers learned from Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, whose liberalization led to the demise of his government. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Will China crush the Hong Kong protests?," 4 Sep. 2019 Behind him, a masticator, part of an 894-acre project for the U.S. Forest Service, mows down a pinyon pine and sucks it into a drum with massive metal teeth that grind up the tree; ruler-sized wood chips shoot out the back. Jennifer Oldham, National Geographic, "Forests on Utah’s public lands may soon be torn out. Here’s why.," 3 Sep. 2019 Saudi Arabia’s rulers see women as a core part of the kingdom’s ambitious goal to transform the Saudi economy. Adam Rasmi, Quartz at Work, "A record number of Saudi women have joined the workforce," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of ruler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ruler

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ruler

: a person (such as a king or queen) who rules a country, area, group, etc.
: a straight piece of plastic, wood, or metal that has marks on it to show units of length and that is used to measure things

ruler

noun
rul·​er | \ ˈrü-lər How to pronounce ruler (audio) \

Kids Definition of ruler

1 : a person (as a king or queen) having supreme power over a nation
2 : a straight strip (as of plastic, wood, or metal) with a smooth edge that is marked off in units and used for measuring or as a guide in drawing straight lines

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