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Noun ruler has 2 senses
  1. rule, ruler - measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths
    --1 is a kind of measuring stick, measure, measuring rod
    --1 has particulars:
     carpenter's rule; foot rule; meterstick, metrestick; yardstick, yard measure
    Derived form: verb rule6
  2. ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
    --2 is a kind of person, individual, someone, somebody, mortal, human, soul
    --2 has particulars:
     Inca; basileus; Bourbon; caliph, calif, kaliph, kalif, khalif, khalifah; dictator, potentate; emir, amir, emeer, ameer; hakim; khan; Mogul, Moghul; oligarch; overlord, master, lord; Pharaoh, Pharaoh of Egypt; puppet ruler, puppet leader; regent; dynast; sheik, tribal sheik, sheikh, tribal sheikh, Arab chief; sovereign, crowned head, monarch; sultan, grand Turk; tyrant; Tamerlane, Tamburlaine, Timur, Timur Lenk
    Derived forms: verb rule1, verb rule2
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