Definition of ruler in English:

ruler

noun

  • 1A person exercising government or dominion.

    • ‘He was the supreme ruler, the king, the emperor and his authority was absolute.’
    • ‘The original statue of Infant Jesus was sent there as a wedding present to the local ruler by the King of Spain in the 17th Century.’
    • ‘Many Rajput kings retained a status as rulers of princely states under the British.’
    • ‘I have hardly ever agreed with what Jeremy has written, but I do think that it's wonderful that we live in a free society where we can openly criticise our leaders and rulers.’
    • ‘They have instead exchanged their colonial rulers or puppet kings for corrupt local bourgeois cliques.’
    • ‘Kings were expected to be rulers, law givers, judges, leaders of the war band and protector of the Church and people.’
    • ‘Hence the exercise of the ruler's authority could be decisive in determining the outcome of local rivalries.’
    • ‘Prior to the modern period, states were justified by reference to their rulers, their dynasties, and their religion.’
    • ‘In February workers overthrew the dictatorial ruler, the Tsar.’
    • ‘The last king of this dynasty was a ruler named Sher Daulat.’
    • ‘Kings and rulers are not simply those who are chosen but those who know how to rule.’
    • ‘Luanda on the Angola coast was a Portuguese town from which they tried to exercise control over African rulers inland.’
    • ‘King in this Middle Eastern context meant a ruler who would deal despotically with them, a governor quite different from the constitutional rulers of Europe.’
    • ‘Soon there will be another chance for citizens to choose a ruler and the present leader is using all at his disposal to win power again.’
    • ‘Once feudal lords, the Malay rulers now perform a largely ceremonial role.’
    • ‘Her father Nawab Hamidullah Khan was the ruler of second most important Muslim princely state after Hyderabad.’
    • ‘The rulers of the Chakri dynasty, who succeeded the kings of Ayyuthaya, assumed the throne name of Rama, a practice that continues to this day.’
    • ‘She advised kings & rulers and worked for reconciliation among peoples.’
    • ‘The traditional Malay rulers and the King were disempowered, when some scandals offered a political opportunity to do so.’
    • ‘In 1952, Gaj Singh was crowned as the 38th ruler of the Rathore dynasty founded in the 13th Century.’
    leader, sovereign, monarch, potentate, crowned head, head of state
    overlord, chief, chieftain, lord
    dynast
    despot, dictator, tyrant, autocrat
    tetrarch, ethnarch, autarch
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    1. 1.1Astrology
      another term for ruling planet
      • ‘As a Pisces, your planetary ruler is Neptune, god of the oceans.’
      • ‘The moon, planet of emotions, is your ruler, making you extremely sensitive to the moods of others.’
      • ‘Your planetary ruler Venus is in a tricky and variable mood right now.’
      • ‘The sun, center of our solar system, is your ruler, giving you a love of the limelight.’
      • ‘Your planetary ruler, Saturn, squares the Virgo Moon on Thursday.’
      • ‘It's probably aggravating that your planetary ruler is the speediest and least linear of the lot, Mercury.’
      • ‘Your planetary ruler Mercury in Cancer will give you insights into how to do this with feeling, understanding and compassion.’
      • ‘Saturn, your ruler, gives you the discipline to meet challenges head-on.’
  • 2A straight strip or cylinder of plastic, wood, metal, or other rigid material, typically marked at regular intervals, to draw straight lines or measure distances.

    • ‘I then showed them how to use a white pencil to trace circles of various sizes and straight lines with rulers.’
    • ‘Using the metal ruler as a straight edge cut 10 1-inch right triangles with the craft knife.’
    • ‘She would take out a ruler and measure exactly what I asked for, make a cut and show me what she had cut.’
    • ‘Obviously, the aim should be to cut at regular intervals but don't start getting your ruler out.’
    • ‘The size of swelling and redness were measured with a plastic ruler, while the child's reaction to movement of the limb or to touch of the site was graded with a standard scale.’
    • ‘As she lined up the ruler on the map, he looked over her shoulder and shrugged.’
    • ‘She had a giant plastic ruler she would smack on the desk to quiet people in situations like that.’
    • ‘Take a ruler and measure off these distances at the top of the drapes with a straight pin.’
    • ‘To be certain, take a ruler and measure from the bottom crease of each finger to the tip.’
    • ‘These are exact shapes that look like they were made with a ruler or precise drawing instrument.’
    • ‘This enabled the school to give every poor pupil two pencils, a ruler, two pens, a rubber and two exercise books.’
    • ‘In a full analysis, Christina uses a ruler and protractor to measure the letters and angles.’
    • ‘Draw a line with a pencil and a ruler, and the computer registers it.’
    • ‘Lay a ruler straight across the front and back pattern pieces.’
    • ‘The size of the lesion must be measured with a ruler at presentation and on subsequent visits to allow an accurate assessment of size over time.’
    • ‘Clear plastic rulers and quilting templates can be a headache to store.’
    • ‘The bundle of case papers I was sent at the start of this case was so large it could be measured with a ruler.’
    • ‘Most practitioners are aware of and use traditional methods, such as tracings and rulers, to evaluate wound surface area.’
    • ‘The length of each tendon was measured with a millimeter ruler.’
    • ‘After tamping a few square feet, use a yardstick or a ruler to measure the tamped depth.’

Pronunciation:

ruler

/ˈro͞olər/