ruler

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English[edit]

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A ruler (a measuring device)

Etymology[edit]

rule + -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ruler (plural rulers)

  1. A (usually rigid), flat, rectangular measuring or drawing device with graduations in units of measurement; a rule; a straightedge with markings; a measure.
  2. A person who rules or governs; a person who exercises dominion or controlling power over others.

Usage notes[edit]

In American English, the word "ruler" is often used specifically to refer to such a measuring device that is one foot (12 inches) long. Used in contrast with "yardstick" and "meter stick."

Synonyms[edit]

  • (measuring instrument): rule.

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