• The Castle of St. Germain in the Reign Of Henry IV.—107
    The Castle of St. Germain in the Reign Of Henry IV.—107
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v reign have sovereign power "Henry VIII reigned for a long time"
    • v reign be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance "Money reigns supreme here","Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
    • n reign royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
    • n reign the period during which a monarch is sovereign "during the reign of Henry VIII"
    • n reign a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful "he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Queen Lydia Liliuokalani was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Islands. She was also the only Queen the United States ever had
    • Reign Hence, to be predominant; to prevail. "Pestilent diseases which commonly reign in summer."
    • Reign Royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion. "He who like a father held his reign .""Saturn's sons received the threefold reign Of heaven, of ocean, and deep hell beneath."
    • Reign The territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion. "God] him bereft the regne that he had."
    • Reign The time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth.
    • Reign To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule. "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body."
    • Reign To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule. "We will not have this man to reign over us.""Shall Banquo's issue ever Reign in this kingdom?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the Reign of Peter the Great, their was a special tax on anyone who had a beard.
    • n reign Royal or imperial authority; sovereignty: supreme power; control; sway.
    • n reign The time during which a monarch occupies the throne: as, an act passed in the present reign.
    • n reign The territory over which a sovereign holds sway; empire; kingdom; dominions; realm.
    • n reign Power; influence; sway; dominion.
    • reign To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; govern, as a king or emperor; hold the supreme power; rule.
    • reign To prevail; be in force.
    • reign To have dominion or ascendancy; predominate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jimmu, the legendary first ruler of Japan, began his reign in the year 660. Akihito, the current emperor, is said to be the 125th direct descendant of Jimmu to rule Japan.
    • n Reign rān rule: dominion, as Reign of Terror: royal authority: supreme power: influence: time during which a sovereign rules
    • v.i Reign to rule: to have sovereign power: to be predominant
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.”
  • John Donne
    “Let us love nobly, and live, and add again years and years unto years, till we attain to write threescore: this is the second of our reign.”
  • John Hendrick Bangs
    John Hendrick Bangs
    “Pandemonium did not reign; it poured.”
  • Nelson Mandela
    Nelson Mandela
    “Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”
  • Comte De Mirabeau
    Comte De Mirabeau
    “To administer is to govern: to govern is to reign. That is the essence of the problem.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. regne, OF. reigne, regne, F. règne, fr. L. regnum, fr. rex, regis, a king, fr. regere, to guide, rule. See Regal Regimen


In literature:

The reign of Attalus II.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
A member of the House of Commons, in the reign of Elizabeth, made a speech entirely composed of the most homely proverbs.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
He was succeeded by his son, Hiao-wen Wang, who died after a three days' reign.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
For a brief period silence reigned.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
During the reigns of the succeeding shoguns a violent persecution began.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
"Rulers of India: Akbar" by George Bruce Malleson
The women reigned then; the Revolution dethroned them.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
Reigns from March 21 to April 19.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various
Really to reign, is to reign over a soul.
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet
Its ruins are extensive, and date for the most part from the Norman period to the reign of Edward I.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

Our everlasting hopes arise
Above the ruinable skies,
Where the eternal Builder reigns,
And his own courts his power sustains.
"Hymn 60" by Isaac Watts
Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they're slain;
They see the triumph from afar,
And shall with Jesus reign.
"Hymn 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
See him below his angels made;
See him in dust amongst the dead,
To save a ruined world from sin;
But he shall reign with power divine.
"Psalm 8 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Jesus, the holy child, shall sit
High on his father David's throne;
Shall crush his foes beneath his feet,
And reign to ages yet unknown.
"Hymn 13" by Isaac Watts
This truth, let ev'ry creature know,
"The Lord above, is God below,
"That he is Sov'reign o'er all lands,
"That he the universe commands."
"Psalm C" by Rees Prichard
And peace and glory long shall dwell
With Him, who sits on David's throne;
The hope, the joy of Israel,
He reigns for ever, conqu'ring One!
"Hymn: We walked in darkness, but at last" by John Bowring

In news:

King James Bible 's 400-year reign.
Planters of all sizes and shapes reign, while firepots and lanterns flicker and shine.
That Madea Reign Just Won't Let Up .
That Madea Reign Just Won't Let Up.
City should reign in Loaves & Fishes.
A few weeks back, California's reigning kings of pop rock released a head-spinning music video for their new single ' Look Around .
Love of beer reigns at Dark Lord Day.
His reign ended when Michael Hayes defeated him at the Music City Showdown pay-per-view event in May 1989.
Lamberts reign over Krewe of Lul .
Two weeks in and the NBA's lockout lunacy reigns.
Steelers' reign is maddening in Philadelphia.
Poet, my friend who reigns supremely in the Mississippi Delta, has few complaints so when he voiced one the other day, I was not only surprised, I was astounded.
Sammy Wanjiru, a record-shattering Kenyan marathon runner and reigning Olympic champion, died May 15 in Nyahururu, a town about 115 miles north of Nairobi.
In Modern Era , After Frank Rich's Reign of Terror, Times Can't Close Shows.
Heidi Klum is most definitely the reigning queen of Halloween.

In science:

However, the concept of integrability that also reigns this case, is so powerful that replica limit can be taken in exactly the same way as in the quenched case.
QCD, Chiral Random Matrix Theory and Integrability
This way the main features of today’s biological molecular motors: a non-equilibrium force applied close-toequilibrium that could reign-in Brownian noise, plus asymmetry (via an H-field gradient), can be recovered (Mitra-Delmotte and Mitra 2009).
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
As a semi-classical approach, this technique exploits the advantages of the kinematics conditions reigning at sufficiently high energies, where high momentum transfers strongly favor forward rescattering of the outgoing nucleon.
Modeling neutrino-nucleus interactions in the few-GeV regime
The reigning candidate for physics beyond the Standard Model is supersymmetry, a beautiful concept which implies that there may be quantities more fundamental than space and time.
Conference Summary (5th Int. Conf. on Hyperons, Charm, and Beauty Hadrons)
The virial mass derived from the Hβ linewidth assuming random orbits of broad-line reigns (BLRs) is consistent with that from the soft X-ray bump luminosity for NLS1s but with a larger scatter.
Black hole masses in narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxies