Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Customary, usual, or normal.
  • adjective Orderly, even, or symmetrical.
  • adjective In conformity with a fixed procedure, principle, or discipline.
  • adjective Well-ordered; methodical.
  • adjective Occurring at fixed intervals; periodic.
  • adjective Having bowel movements or menstrual periods with normal frequency.
  • adjective Not varying; constant.
  • adjective Formally correct; proper.
  • adjective Having the required qualifications for an occupation.
  • adjective Informal Complete; thorough.
  • adjective Informal Good; nice.
  • adjective Botany Having symmetrically arranged parts of similar size and shape.
  • adjective Grammar Conforming to the usual pattern of inflection, derivation, or word formation.
  • adjective Ecclesiastical Belonging to a religious order and bound by its rules.
  • adjective Having equal sides and equal angles. Used of polygons.
  • adjective Having faces that are congruent regular polygons and congruent polyhedral angles. Used of polyhedrons.
  • adjective Belonging to or constituting the permanent army of a nation.
  • noun Ecclesiastical A member of the clergy or of a religious order.
  • noun A soldier belonging to a regular army.
  • noun A dependable loyal person.
  • noun A clothing size designed for persons of average height.
  • noun A habitual customer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Conformed to or made in accordance with a rule; agreeable to an established rule, law, type, or principle, to a prescribed mode, or to established customary forms; normal: as, a regular epic poem; a regular verse in poetry; a regular plan; regular features; a regular building.
  • Acting, proceeding, or going on by rule; governed by rule or rules; steady or uniform in a course or practice; orderly; methodical; unvarying: as, regular in diet; regular in attendance on divine worship; the regular return of the seasons.
  • Specifically, in law, conformable to law and the rules and practice of the court.
  • In mathematics, governed by one law throughout.
  • In grammar, adhering to the more common form in respect to inflectional terminations, as, in English, verbs forming their preterits and past participles by the addition of -d or -ed to the infinitive; as nouns forming their plurals with -s or -es; as the three conjugations of French verbs known as regular; and so on.
  • Belonging to and subject to the rule of a monastic order; pertaining to a monastic order: as, regular clergy, in distinction from secular clergy.
  • Specifically, in botany, having the members of each circle of floral organs (sepals, petals, stamens, and pistils) normally alike in form and size: properly restricted to symmetry of form, as distinguished from symmetry of number.
  • In zoology, noting parts or organs which are symmetrically disposed. See Regularia.
  • In music: Same as strict: as, regular form; a regular fugue, etc.
  • Same as similar: as, regular motion.
  • Milit., permanent; standing: opposed to volunteer: said of an army or of troops.
  • In United States politics, of, pertaining to, or originating from the recognized agents or “machinery” of a party: as, a regular ticket.
  • Thorough; out-and-out; perfect; complete: as, a regular humbug; a regular deception; a regular brick.
  • A curve defined by the same equation or equations throughout.
  • Synonyms Ordinary, etc. See normal.
  • Systematic, uniform, periodic, settled, established, stated.
  • noun A member of any duly constituted religious order which is bound by the three monastic vows.
  • noun A soldier who belongs to a standing army, as opposed to a militiaman or volunteer; a professional soldier.
  • noun In chronology: A number attached to each year such that added to the concurrents it gives the number of the day of the week on which the paschal full moon falls.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Conformed to a rule; agreeable to an established rule, law, principle, or type, or to established customary forms; normal; symmetrical
  • adjective Governed by rule or rules; steady or uniform in course, practice, or occurence; not subject to unexplained or irrational variation; returning at stated intervals; steadily pursued; orderlly; methodical
  • adjective Constituted, selected, or conducted in conformity with established usages, rules, or discipline; duly authorized; permanently organized
  • adjective Belonging to a monastic order or community.
  • adjective colloq. Thorough; complete; unmitigated.
  • adjective (Bot. & Zoöl.) Having all the parts of the same kind alike in size and shape
  • adjective (Crystallog.) Same as Isometric.
  • adjective (Geom.) a plane polygon which is both equilateral and equiangular.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English reguler, living under religious rule, from Old French, from Late Latin rēgulāris, according to rule, from Latin rēgula, rod, rule.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman reguler, Middle French reguler, regulier, and their source, Latin rēgulāris ("continuing rules for guidance"), from rēgula ("rule"), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *reg- (“move in a straight line”).

Examples

  • We all stand on the shoulders of giants (I forget who said that) and we all also stand on the shoulders of regular people (like our parents and teachers, although I don't consider them as ‘regular').

    Replication Policy Re-Posted « Climate Audit

  • He said it is heading to Singapore on what he described as a regular visit.

    China Patrol Ship Heads to Tense South China Sea

  • They can try to pass the bills in what we call regular order, go to the floor, get 218 votes in the House and what amounts to 60 votes in the Senate, that's the number that you need to cut off a filibuster.

    Health Care To Dominate Congress In Fall

  • DELAY: Show leadership and go through what we call regular order.

    CNN Transcript Jun 21, 2007

  • But I have to say that the preliminary appeal, which we've launched, will have to be replaced by what we call the regular appeal, or revised appeal, in the coming days, where the needs will be more precisely evaluated.

    CNN Transcript Dec 27, 2004

  • There's a lot of other issues out there that ought to be dealt with, and we ought to go through what we call regular order to make that happen: holding hearings, what is the need.

    CNN Transcript Sep 26, 2001

  • The next six will be what they call regular, more or less acceptable.

    Mexico

  • Besides these, which he calls the regular practics, there are all the wild herbs to be gathered in.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866

  • When a cow assumes the appearance of what we term a regular buller -- when she is running every day, or every second or third day, or when one or more retire from the herd and assume the habits of the male -- then, and not till then, does the case become utterly hopeless.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders

  • I was never much given to theatrical entertainments, -- that is, at no time of my life was I ever what they call a regular play-goer; but on some occasion of a benefit-night, which was expected to be very productive, and indeed turned out so, Cleora expressing a desire to be present, I could do no less than offer, as I did very willingly, to squire her and her mother to the pit.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864

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