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Regular adjective [ Latin regularis , from regula a rule, from regere to guide, to rule: confer French régulier . See Rule .]


1. Conformed to a rule; agreeable to an established rule, law, principle, or type, or to established customary forms; normal; symmetrical; as, a regular verse in poetry; a regular piece of music; a regular verb; regular practice of law or medicine; a regular building.

2. 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; as, the regular succession of day and night; regular habits.

3. Constituted, selected, or conducted in conformity with established usages, rules, or discipline; duly authorized; permanently organized; as, a regular meeting; a regular physican; a regular nomination; regular troops.

4. Belonging to a monastic order or community; as, regular clergy, in distinction dfrom the secular clergy.

5. Thorough; complete; unmitigated; as, a regular humbug. [ Colloq.]

6. (Bot. & Zoology) Having all the parts of the same kind alike in size and shape; as, a regular flower; a regular sea urchin.

7. (Crystallog.) Same as Isometric .

Regular polygon (Geom.) , a plane polygon which is both equilateral and equiangular. -- Regular polyhedron (Geom.) , a polyhedron whose faces are equal regular polygons. There are five regular polyhedrons, -- the tetrahedron, the hexahedron, or cube, the octahedron, the dodecahedron, and the icosahedron. -- Regular sales (Stock Exchange) , sales of stock deliverable on the day after the transaction. -- Regular troops , troops of a standing or permanent army; -- opposed to militia .

Syn. -- Normal; orderly; methodical. See Normal .

Regular (rĕg"u*lẽr) noun [ Late Latin regularis : confer French régulier . See Regular , adjective ]
1. (R. C. Ch.) A member of any religious order or community who has taken the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and who has been solemnly recognized by the church. Bp. Fitzpatrick.

2. (Mil.) A soldier belonging to a permanent or standing army; -- chiefly used in the plural.

Regularia (rĕg`u*lā"rĭ*ȧ) noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) A division of Echini which includes the circular, or regular, sea urchins.

Regularity noun [ Confer French régularité .] The condition or quality of being regular; as, regularity of outline; the regularity of motion.

Regularize (rĕg"u*lẽr*īz) transitive verb To cause to become regular; to regulate. [ R.]

Regularly adverb In a regular manner; in uniform order; methodically; in due order or time.

Regularness noun Regularity. Boyle.

Regulate (-lāt) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Regulated (- lā`tĕd); present participle & verbal noun Regulating .] [ Latin regulatus , past participle of regulare , from regula . See Regular .]
1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles or laws.

The laws which regulate the successions of the seasons.
Macaulay.

The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own disputes, and regulated their own police.
Bancroft.

2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances.

3. To adjust, or maintain, with respect to a desired rate, degree, or condition; as, to regulate the temperature of a room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc.

To regulate a watch or clock , to adjust its rate of running so that it will keep approximately standard time.

Syn. -- To adjust; dispose; methodize; arrange; direct; order; rule; govern.

Regulation noun
1. The act of regulating, or the state of being regulated.

The temper and regulation of our own minds.
Macaulay.

2. A rule or order prescribed for management or government; prescription; a regulating principle; a governing direction; precept; law; as, the regulations of a society or a school.

Regulation sword , cap , uniform , etc. (Mil.) , a sword, cap, uniform, etc., of the kind or quality prescribed by the official regulations.

Syn. -- Law ; rule; method; principle; order; precept. See Law .

Regulative adjective
1. Tending to regulate; regulating. Whewell.

2. (Metaph.) Necessarily assumed by the mind as fundamental to all other knowledge; furnishing fundamental principles; as, the regulative principles, or principles a priori ; the regulative faculty. Sir W. Hamilton.

» These terms are borrowed from Kant, and suggest the thought, allowed by Kant, that possibly these principles are only true for the human mind, the operations and belief of which they regulate.

Regulator noun
1. One who, or that which, regulates.

2. (Machinery) A contrivance for regulating and controlling motion, as: (a) The lever or index in a watch, which controls the effective length of the hairspring, and thus regulates the vibrations of the balance. (b) The governor of a steam engine. (c) A valve for controlling the admission of steam to the steam chest, in a locomotive.

3. A clock, or other timepiece, used as a standard of correct time. See Astronomical clock (a) , under Clock .

4. A member of a volunteer committee which, in default of the lawful authority, undertakes to preserve order and prevent crimes; also, sometimes, one of a band organized for the comission of violent crimes. [ U.S.]

A few stood neutral, or declared in favor of the Regulators .
Bancroft.

Reguline adjective [ Confer French régulin . See Regulus .] (Chem. & Metal.) Of or pertaining to regulus.

Regulize transitive verb (Old Chem.) To reduce to regulus; to separate, as a metal from extraneous matter; as, to regulize antimony. [ Archaic]

Regulus noun ; plural English Reguluses (-...z), Latin Reguli (- l...). [ Latin , a petty king, prince, dim. of rex , regis , a king: confer French régule . See Regal .]
1. A petty king; a ruler of little power or consequence.

2. (Chem. & Metal.) The button, globule, or mass of metal, in a more or less impure state, which forms in the bottom of the crucible in smelting and reduction of ores.

» The name was introduced by the alchemists, and applied by them in the first instance to antimony. It signifies little king ; and from the facility with which antimony alloyed with gold, these empirical philosophers had great hopes that this metal, antimony , would lead them to the discovery of the philosopher's stone. Ure.

3. (Astron.) A star of the first magnitude in the constellation Leo; -- called also the Lion's Heart .

Regurgitate transitive verb [ Late Latin regurgitare , regurgitatum ; Latin prefix re- re- + gurges , -itis , a gulf. Confer Regorge .] To throw or pour back, as from a deep or hollow place; to pour or throw back in great quantity.

Regurgitate intransitive verb To be thrown or poured back; to rush or surge back.

The food may regurgitate m the stomach into the esophagus and mouth.
Quain.

Regurgitation noun [ Confer French régurgitation .]
1. The act of flowing or pouring back by the orifice of entrance ; specifically (Medicine) , the reversal of the natural direction in which the current or contents flow through a tube or cavity of the body. Quain.

2. The act of swallowing again; reabsorption.

Rehabilitate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Rehabilitated (- t?`t?d); present participle & verbal noun Rehabilitating .] [ Prefix re- re- + habilitate : confer Late Latin rehabilitare , French réhabiliter .] To invest or clothe again with some right, authority, or dignity; to restore to a former capacity; to reinstate; to qualify again; to restore, as a delinquent, to a former right, rank, or privilege lost or forfeited; - - a term of civil and canon law.

Restoring and rehabilitating the party.
Burke.

Rehabilitation noun [ Confer Late Latin rehabilitatio , French Réhabilitation .] The act of rehabilitating, or the state of being rehabilitated. Bouvier. Walsh.

Rehash transitive verb To hash over again; to prepare or use again; as, to rehash old arguments.

Rehash noun Something hashed over, or made up from old materials.

Rehear transitive verb To hear again; to try a second time; as, to rehear a cause in Chancery.

Rehearsal noun The act of rehearsing; recital; narration; repetition; specifically, a private recital, performance, or season of practice, in preparation for a public exhibition or exercise. Chaucer.

In rehearsal of our Lord's Prayer.
Hooker.

Here's marvelous convenient place for our rehearsal .
Shak.

Dress rehearsal (Theater) , a private preparatory performance of a drama, opera, etc., in costume.

Rehearse transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Rehearsed (-h?rst"); present participle & verbal noun Rehearsing .] [ Middle English rehercen , rehersen , Old French reherser , rehercier , to harrow over again; prefix re- re- + hercier to harrow, from herce a harrow, French herse . See Hearse .]
1. To repeat, as what has been already said; to tell over again; to recite. Chaucer.

When the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul.
1 Sam. xvii. 31.

2. To narrate; to relate; to tell.

Rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord.
Judg. . v. 11.

3. To recite or repeat in private for experiment and improvement, before a public representation; as, to rehearse a tragedy.

4. To cause to rehearse; to instruct by rehearsal. [ R.]

He has been rehearsed by Madame Defarge as to his having seen her.
Dickens.

Syn. -- To recite; recapitulate; recount; detail; describe; tell; relate; narrate.

Rehearse intransitive verb To recite or repeat something for practice. "There will we rehearse ." Shak.

Rehearser noun One who rehearses.

Reheat transitive verb
1. To heat again.

2. To revive; to cheer; to cherish. [ Obsolete] Rom. of R.

Rehibition noun [ Prefix re- + Latin habere to have.] (Law) The returning of a thing purchased to the seller, on the ground of defect or frand.

Rehibitory adjective (Law) Of or relating to rehibition; as, a rehibitory action.

Rehire transitive verb To hire again.

Rehypothecate transitive verb (Law) To hypothecate again. -- Re`hy*poth`e*ca"tion , noun

Rei noun ; plural Reis (r..."...s or r...z). [ Portuguese real , plural reis . See Real a coin.] A portuguese money of account, in value about one tenth of a cent. [ Spelt also ree .]

Reichsrath noun [ G] The parliament of Austria (exclusive of Hungary, which has its own diet, or parliament). It consists of an Upper and a Lower House, or a House of Lords and a House of Representatives.

Reichsstand noun [ G.] A free city of the former German empire.

Reichstag noun [ G.] The Diet, or House of Representatives, of the German empire, which is composed of members elected for a term of three years by the direct vote of the people. See Bundesrath .

Reichstag noun The national representative body of Hungary, consisting of a House of Magnates (including archdukes, peers, high officials of the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Protestant Churches, and certain other dignitaries) and a House of Representatives (in 1912 consisting of 453 members). See Legislative , Diet .

Reif noun [ Anglo-Saxon re...f .] Robbery; spoil. [ Obsolete]

Reigle noun [ French règle a rule, from Latin regula . See Rule .] A hollow cut or channel for quiding anything; as, the reigle of a side post for a flood gate. Carew.

Reigle transitive verb To regulate; to govern. [ Obsolete]

Reiglement (-m e nt) noun [ See Reglement .] Rule; regulation. [ Obsolete] Bacon. Jer. Taylor.

Reign (rān) noun [ Middle English regne , Old French reigne , regne , French règne , from Latin regnum , from rex , regis , a king, from regere to guide, rule. See Regal , Regimen .]
1. Royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion.

He who like a father held his reign .
Pope.

Saturn's sons received the threefold reign
Of heaven, of ocean, and deep hell beneath.
Prior.

2. The territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

[ God] him bereft the regne that he had.
Chaucer.

3. The time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth.

Reign intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Reigned (r?nd); present participle & verbal noun Reigning .] [ Middle English regnen , reinen , Old French regner , French régner , from Latin regnare , from regnum. See Reign , noun ]
1. To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule. Chaucer.

We will not have this man to reign over us.
Luke xix. 14.

Shall Banquo's issue ever
Reign in this kingdom?
Shak.

2. Hence, to be predominant; to prevail. "Pestilent diseases which commonly reign in summer." Bacon.

3. To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule.

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body.
Rom. vi. 12.

Syn. -- To rule; govern; direct; control; prevail.

Reigner noun One who reigns. [ R.]

Reillume transitive verb To light again; to cause to shine anew; to relume; to reillumine. "Thou must reillume its spark." J. R. Drake.

Reilluminate transitive verb To enlighten again; to reillumine.

Reillumination noun The act or process of enlightening again.

Reillumine transitive verb To illumine again or anew; to reillume.

Reim noun [ Dutch riem , akin to G riemen ; CF. Greek ............ a towing line.] A strip of oxhide, deprived of hair, and rendered pliable, -- used for twisting into ropes, etc. [ South Africa] Simmonds.

Reimbark transitive verb & i. See Reëmbark .

Reimbody transitive verb & i. [ See Reëmbody .] To imbody again. Boyle.

Reimbursable adjective [ CF. French remboursable .] Capable of being repaid; repayable.

A loan has been made of two millions of dollars, reimbursable in ten years.
A. Hamilton.