• The regulation of traffic
    The regulation of traffic
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n regulator a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)
    • n regulator any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
    • n regulator an official responsible for control and supervision of a particular activity or area of public interest
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Construction of Beard's Regulator Construction of Beard's Regulator
Beard's Regulator Beard's Regulator
Regulator and Gauge Regulator and Gauge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A regulation baseball has exactly 108 stitches
    • Regulator A clock, or other timepiece, used as a standard of correct time. See Astronomical clock, under Clock.
    • Regulator A contrivance for regulating and controlling motion
    • Regulator A member of a volunteer committee which, in default of the lawful authority, undertakes to preserve order and prevent crimes; also, sometimes, one of a band organized for the comission of violent crimes. "A few stood neutral, or declared in favor of the Regulators ."
    • Regulator (Mach) A valve for controlling the admission of steam to the steam chest, in a locomotive.
    • Regulator One who, or that which, regulates.
    • Regulator (Mach) The governor of a steam engine.
    • Regulator (Mach) The lever or index in a watch, which controls the effective length of the hairspring, and thus regulates the vibrations of the balance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Men sweat more than women. This is because women can better regulate the amount of water they lose
    • n regulator One who or that which regulates. Members of the unauthorized associations which have at various times been formed in parts of the United States for the carrying out of a rough substitute for justice in the case of heinous or notorious crimes have been called regulators.
    • n regulator A mechanical contrivance intended to produce uniformity of motion, temperature, power, etc. In engineering and machinery: A governor in the sense described and illustrated under governor, 6.
    • n regulator The original valve-motion of Watt's double-action condensing pumping-engine. It was a valve-box having a spindle through one of its sides, on which was a toothed sector working on a central bearing, and meshing with a rack attached to a valve. A tripping-lever attached to the sector and operated by the plug-tree caused the oscillations of the latter to open and close the valve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball
    • n Regulator one who, or that which, regulates: a lever which regulates the motion of a watch, &c.: anything that regulates motion
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  • Laurence Sterne
    “One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.”
  • John M. Thomas
    John M. Thomas
    “You must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best.”
  • Saying
    “Force is that which rules the actions without regulating the will.”
  • George Lundberg
    George Lundberg
    “Information on the Internet is subject to the same rules and regulations as conversation at a bar.”
  • Aristotle
    “The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.”
  • John Locke
    “To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. regularisregula, a rule—regĕre, to rule.


In literature:

The states could regulate commerce and exercise nearly all authority.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
It has been found in practice more advantageous to arrange these regulations by mutual agreement.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant" by James D. Richardson
It is well known that private broils or feuds of any kind are strictly forbidden by army regulations.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
On the face of the showing here we've just bulled ahead without any regard whatever for law or regulations.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
The advantage claimed for the lamp brooder is that they can be regulated separately for each flock.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
In some towns, the merchant guilds attempted to directly regulate the craft guilds.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Acts of trustees not in accordance with such regulations are void.
"Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
Regulations in connection with the Imperial family must not conflict with the Constitution.
"The Fight For The Republic in China" by Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
They both demand governmental protection and recognition, but resent the notion of efficient governmental regulation.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
Infantry Drill Regulations, 2-1/2 hours.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker

In poetry:

His armour he has buckled on, to wage
The regulation war against the Stage;
And warns his congregation all to shun
"The Presence-Chamber of the Evil One,"
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
For He who regulates the vast of Nature,
Whose potent word the winds and waves obey,
Will by his promise, as the Mediator,
Bring all his Chosen Ones to immortal day.
"Ark Of Faith" by Thomas Odiorne
Direct me, by thy sacred Spirit, still
To regulate each act, each word, each thought,
According to the dictates of thy will,
And those commandments thou to us hast taught.
"A Morning Prayer, To Be Us'd After A Person Is Up, Wash'd, And Dress'd" by Rees Prichard
O shade, so sedate and decorous by day, with calm countenance and
regulated pace;
But away, at night, as you fly, none looking—O then the unloosen'd
Of tears! tears! tears!
"Tears" by Walt Whitman
A sight that gives me much distress
Is George without his trousers,
Garbed, scantily, in bathing dress
Proscribed by saintly Wowsers,
And Gerty, gay and forward flirt,
Without the regulation shirt.
"The Minglers" by C J Dennis
The rules and regulations, they're not difficult of learning,
They are to live upon the cash which others have been earning.
To never let a chance go by of being in a shout, sir,
And if they see a slant to turn your pockets inside out, sir.
"The Loafers' Club" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

As in the Kings' first regulation loss to Dallas at home in five games.
Published by Joe Acker , SOCMA president on June 6, 2008 under Ingredients, Manufacturing, Regulation.
Lawmakers are considering legislation that would require a state license to braid hair but ease the regulations currently in place after a federal judge ruled the existing rule was too harsh.
How popular is the company with his regulators.
New pro-bank, anti-regulation group is Utahn's brainchild .
The government's investment in smart meters—to help monitor and regulate energy consumption in homes—is a waste of money.
News of the plot prompted lawmakers to call for tighter student visa regulations.
A Breather from Regulations The JOBS Act lives up to its name.
European regulators may reopen Street View probes after FCC report.
There's a new quagmire emerging for California agriculture: fertilizer use regulations.
The chief executive of Raymond James Financial Inc, the Florida brokerage firm linked to questionable trading practices, defended his company today, telling the annual stockholders meeting that it had not violated Federal regulations.
DNR seeks Public Input on Michigan's brook trout regulations.
State re-examines its trout regulations.
You just know the flood of words for and against Wal-Mart and Chicago's regulation of its wages is just starting.
Fremont County beef producers attending an Oct 19 public meeting voiced far greater concern about the threat of Brucellosis in their region than strict regulations they'll likely face to address the problem.

In science:

It should be noted that, in both cases, the bare factors are separately divergent because of the presence of light-like Wilson lines, which must be regulated, and a limit taken with the regulator removed.
Equality of Two Definitions for Transverse Momentum Dependent Parton Distribution Functions
Since each of the factors in (6) separately contain light cone divergences, a meaning can only be given by applying regulators to the Wilson lines, and then taking the limit of removing the regulators in a manner consistent with factorization.
Equality of Two Definitions for Transverse Momentum Dependent Parton Distribution Functions
The right-hand-sides Eqs. (7) and (10) differ only in how the light-like Wilson lines are regulated, and therefore the limit as the regulator is removed must be the same in each case.
Equality of Two Definitions for Transverse Momentum Dependent Parton Distribution Functions
This regulates any soft and collinear divergences associated with massless quark and gluon lines, and therefore we have removed the ∆-regulator that EIS use.
Equality of Two Definitions for Transverse Momentum Dependent Parton Distribution Functions
SJCC,0 (+∞, −∞) SJCC,0 (+∞, yn ) The bare factor is defined with one Wilson line regulated by the EIS method and one regulated by the JCC method.
Equality of Two Definitions for Transverse Momentum Dependent Parton Distribution Functions