• WordNet 3.6
    • adj regal belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler "golden age of imperial splendor","purple tyrant","regal attire","treated with royal acclaim","the royal carriage of a stag's head"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Regal (Mus) A small portable organ, played with one hand, the bellows being worked with the other, -- used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
    • a Regal Of or pertaining to a king; kingly; royal; as, regal authority, pomp, or sway. "The regal title.""He made a scorn of his regal oath."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • regal Pertaining to a king; kingly; royal: as, a regal title; regal authority; regal pomp.
    • regal Synonyms Kingly, etc. See royal.
    • regal Royalty; royal authority.
    • n regal A small portable organ, much used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, consisting of one or sometimes two sets of reed-pipes played with keys for the player's right hand, with a small bellows for the left hand. Its compass included only a few tones. In many cases the instrument was made to shut up within covers, like a large book: hence the name Bible-organ. If there was but one pipe to each note, the instrument was called a single regal, if two pipes to each note, a double regal. The invention of the regal is often erroneously ascribed to Roll, an organ-builder of Nuremberg, in 1575; the instrument was common in England in the reign of Henry VIII. It is now obsolete, but the name is still applied in Germany to certain reed-stops of the organ. In England a single instrument was usually called a pair of regals.
    • n regal An old instrument of percussion, composed of sonorous slabs or slips of wood. It was a sort of harmonica, and was played by striking the slips of wood with a stick armed with a ball or knob.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Regal rē′gal belonging to a king: kingly: royal
    • n Regal rē′gal a small portable organ used to support treble voices
    • Regal Also Rig′ole
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. regalis, fr. rex, regis, a king. See Royal, and cf. Rajah Realm Regalia


In literature:

In this manner he continued, by force of arms, to increase and strengthen his own regal power at the expense of feudalism.
"Manners, Custom and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period" by Paul Lacroix
Mr. Grimm twisted around in his seat and regaled his listless eyes with a long stare into the senorita's pretty face.
"Elusive Isabel" by Jacques Futrelle
Now that we were out of hearing of the cries of the sea-birds, we were regaled with more agreeable sounds.
"Letters of a Traveller" by William Cullen Bryant
As the anger of Tunapa was dreadful, so his favors were more than regal.
"American Hero-Myths" by Daniel G. Brinton
They would not be permitted to attend the college if they could not continue to live in regal state.
"Modern India" by William Eleroy Curtis
Her figure looked almost regal in her trailing robe, and she was simply perfect from crown to sole.
"Virgie's Inheritance" by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
During the war in the Peninsula, two British soldiers were regaling themselves after a long fast, on a crust of mouldy bread.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction." by Various
After they had hunted all day they returned to the Howard House where they regaled themselves in pleasures of the hotel for the evening.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Above all, the regal pineapple grew in profusion, and we feasted on it, for the first time, with avidity.
"The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island" by Johann David Wyss
We roamed about that and an adjacent island, until evening, when we returned to regale.
"A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America" by S. A. Ferrall

In poetry:

From others, judgment of that hue
Which over-hope
Breeds from a theoretic view
Of regal scope.
"A King's Soliloquy [On the Night of His Funeral]" by Thomas Hardy
'Twas gallant Harold, in that day,
Elate with regal power;
Becalm'd his stately vessel lay,
Near Geoffrin's high tower.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
Ah! could you but enter my castle
With its pomp of regal sheen,
You would say that it far surpasses
The palace of Aladeen.
"My Castle" by Horatio Alger Jr
He, whose kingdom-city stretches
Further than our eyesight fetches;
Every street it wanders down
Larger than a regal town;
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
How charioteer'd by Beauty it went down,
Lost in its regal flaming majesty!
Leaving unto the evening sweet renown,
And unto my lone heart its memory.
"Sunset : Hurdcott Camp" by John William Streets
For in her self, regal with riches of
Beauty and youth, again those Queens seem born--
BOADICEA, meeting scorn with scorn,
And ERMENGARDE, returning love for love.
"A Daughter Of The States" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Regal & Cineplex Announce Preliminary High Frame Rate Locations for 'The Hobbit'.
Regal has announced that the following theaters will begin selling tickets on November 7 for the HFR 3D version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
WIN with SoJO Do You Know this week and receive Regal Cinemas passes to see Hotel Transylvania.
Regal Degal can't perform live.
Some rummy facts with which to regale your fellow drinkers.
Regal height at Hampton Court.
We're being regaled again with stories about how the world is running out of a resource.
The lawn of the Lafayette County Courthouse is beginning to look regal with many decorations already up.
Joyce DiDonato Is Simply Regal In Latest Release.
King James provides regal boost for Heat.
Laura Lippman regales with tales of a suburban madam in 'And When She Was Good'.
Students hope to revive regal theater after more than 50 years.
Chloe Broadwater, 10, eats popcorn before the start of the screening for the movie "Here Comes the Boom" during a benefit for Variety — The Children's Charity at the Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 theater on Monday.
If there was ever such a thing as a bad day on the boat, it happened to the poor souls who had just purchased this Regal the day before this picture was taken.
Augusta Twilight fans lined up at the Regal 20 to see " New Moon ".

In science:

At low enough temperatures, Bose-Einstein condensation of pairs of atoms was observed through the typical bimodal distribution of the molecular profiles (see Fig. 1) (Greiner, Regal and Jin, 2003; Jochim et al. 2003; Zwierlein et al., 2003; Bourdel et al., 2004; Partridge et al., 2005).
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
Condensation of pairs was later measured also on the fermionic side of the resonance (Regal, Greiner and Jin, 2004b; Zwierlein et al., 2004).
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
Experiments on atom losses both in potassium (Regal, Greiner and Jin, 2004a) and in lithium (Bourdel et al., 2004) close to the Feshbach resonance give relaxation rate constants αdd ∝ a−s with values of the exponent s in reasonable agreement with theory.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
The momentum distribution has been measured along the crossover in a series of studies (Regal et al., 2005; Chen et al., 2006 and Tarruell et al., 2007).
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
The symbols correspond to the experimental results from Regal et al. (2005) and the lines to the mean-field results based on Eq. (80) for the same values of the interaction parameter 1/k0 F a.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases