(Ru"in*ate), v. i. To fall; to tumble. [Obs.]
(Ru"in*ate) a. [L. ruinatus, p. p.] Involved in ruin; ruined.
My brother Edward lives in pomp and state,J. Webster.
I in a mansion here all ruinate.
(Ru`in*a"tion) n. [LL. ruinatio.] The act of ruining, or the state of being ruined.
(Ru"in*er) n. One who, or that which, ruins.
(Ru"in*i*form) a. [Ruin + - form: cf. F. ruiniforme.] Having the appearance of ruins, or of the
ruins of houses; said of certain minerals.
(Ru"in*ous) a. [L. ruinosus: cf. F. ruineux. See Ruin.]
1. Causing, or tending to cause, ruin; destructive; baneful; pernicious; as, a ruinous project.
After a night of storm so ruinous.Milton.
2. Characterized by ruin; ruined; dilapidated; as, an edifice, bridge, or wall in a ruinous state.
3. Composed of, or consisting in, ruins.
Behold, Damascus . . . shall be a ruinous heap.Isa. xvii. 1.
Syn. Dilapidated; decayed; demolished; pernicious; destructive; baneful; wasteful; mischievous.
Ru"in*ous*ly adv. Ru"in*ous*ness, n.
(Rukh) n. [Srr Roc.]
1. The roc.
2. (Zoöl.) A large bird, supposed by some to be the same as the extinct Epiornis of Madagascar. [Obs.]
(Rul"a*ble) a. That may be ruled; subject to rule; accordant or conformable to rule. Bacon.
(Rule) n. [OE. reule, riule, OF. riule, reule, F. régle, fr. L. regula a ruler, rule, model, fr. regere,
rectum, to lead straight, to direct. See Right, a., and cf. Regular.]
1. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for conduct or action; a governing direction for a
specific purpose; an authoritative enactment; a regulation; a prescription; a precept; as, the rules of various
societies; the rules governing a school; a rule of etiquette or propriety; the rules of cricket.
We profess to have embraced a religion which contains the most exact rules for the government of our
2. Hence: (a) Uniform or established course of things.
'T is against the rule of nature.Shak.
(b) Systematic method or practice; as, my ule is to rise at six o'clock. (c) Ordibary course of procedure; usual
way; comon state or condition of things; as, it is a rule to which there are many exeptions. (d) Conduct
in general; behavior. [Obs.]
This uncivil rule; she shall know of it.Shak.