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

  • adj. Exercising control or authority: the ruling junta; ruling circles of the government.
  • adj. Predominant: the ruling principle.
  • n. The act of governing or controlling.
  • n. An authoritative or official decision: a court ruling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That rules or rule.
  • n. An order or a decision on a point of law from someone in authority.
  • v. Present participle of rule.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Predominant; chief; reigning; controlling.
  • adj. Used in marking or engraving lines.
  • n. The act of one who rules; ruled lines.
  • n. A decision or rule of a judge or a court, especially an oral decision, as in excluding evidence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having control or authority; governing; reigning; chief; prevalent; predominant.
  • Synonyms Prevailing, Predominant, etc. (see prevalent), controlling.
  • n. The determination by a judge or court of a point arising in the course of a trial or hearing.
  • n. The act of making ruled lines; also, such lines collectively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)
  • adj. exercising power or authority


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