Hypertext Webster Gateway: "regular"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Regular \Reg"u*lar\ (-l?r), a. [L. regularis, fr. regula a rule,
fr. regere to guide, to rule: cf. F. r['e]gulier. See
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.

6. (Bot. & Zo["o]l.) 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Regular \Reg"u*lar\ (r[e^]g"[-u]*l[~e]r), n. [LL. regularis: cf.
F. r['e]gulier. See {Regular}, a.]
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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle;
"his regular calls on his customers"; "regular meals";
"regular duties" [ant: {irregular}]
2: often used as intensifiers; "a regular morass of details";
"a regular nincompoop"; "he's a veritable swine" [syn: {regular(a)},
3: conforming to a standard or pattern; "following the regular
procedure of the legislature"; "a regular electrical
4: (of solids) having clear dimensions that can be measured;
volume can be determined with a suitable geometric formula
[ant: {irregular}]
5: regularly scheduled for fixed times; "at a regular meeting
of the PTA"; "regular bus departures"
6: in accord with regular practice or procedure; "took his
regular morning walk"; "her regular bedtime"
7: occurring at fixed intervals; "a regular beat"; "the even
rhythm of his breathing" [syn: {even}]
8: relating to a person who does something regularly; "a
regular customer"; "a steady drinker" [syn: {steady}]
9: (used of the military) belonging to or engaged in by
legitimate army forces; "the regular army" [ant: {irregular}]
10: not constipated [syn: {unconstipated}] [ant: {constipated}]
11: symmetrically arranged; "even (or regular) features; "a
regular polygon" [syn: {even}]
12: not deviating from what is normal; "her regular bedtime"
13: officially full-time; "regular students"
n 1: a regular patron: "an habitue of the racetrack" [syn: {habitue}]
2: a soldier in the regular army
3: a dependable follower (especially in party politics); "he is
one of the party regulars"
4: a garment size for persons of average height and weight

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