from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rule or measure 12 inches long; a rule for taking measurements in feet and inches.


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  • Those who set about criticisizing poetry with a foot-rule, or a set of proportions and qualities which they think every poem ought to exhibit, end up making themselves ridiculous.

    How to Write about Poetry

  • Frau Lenore was alarmed, and the foot-rule slipped out of her hands.

    The Torrents of Spring

  • Frau Lenore was stooping down, measuring with a big folding foot-rule the space between the windows.

    The Torrents of Spring

  • Duffus had a foot-rule in his hand with which he tapped the plaster.

    The Years

  • Has your fancy, which pooh-poohs a simile, faith enough to build a city with a foot-rule?

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • Intelligence is little more than a short foot-rule by which we measure the infinite achievements of Circumstances.

    The Beautiful and Damned

  • Whether it be a square or a circle or a sphere, it cannot be infinite, any more than a foot-rule can.

    On the Heavens

  • In saying which he took up a little ivory foot-rule that was folded up so as to bring it within the compass of three inches.

    Can You Forgive Her?

  • European (producing foot-rule): A metre and a half, at least.

    Flashman And The Mountain Of Light

  • Assistance in measurement was lent by a European engineer (probably Hurbon) with a foot-rule.

    Flashman And The Mountain Of Light


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