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Dictionary Definition

regular 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), veritable(a)]
3 conforming to a standard or pattern; "following the regular procedure of the legislature"; "a regular electrical outlet"
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 features"; "regular features"; "a regular polygon" [syn: even]
12 not deviating from what is normal; "her regular bedtime"
13 officially full-time; "regular students"

Noun

1 a regular patron; "an habitue of the racetrack"; "a bum who is a Central Park fixture" [syn: habitue, fixture]
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

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From reguler, from regularis "continuing rules for guidance," from regula "rule," from *reg- "move in a straight line"

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. With constant frequency or pattern.
  2. Normal; ordinary
  3. Obeying rules.
  4. (of a verb, plural, etc) Following a set or common pattern.
    The verb "to walk" is regular.
    The noun "mouse" has the irregular plural "mice".
  5. Frequent or common
    He made regular visits to go see his mother.
  6. : Riding with the left foot forward.
  7. Exemplary; excellent example of; utter.
    a regular genius
    a regular John Bull
  8. (of a polygon or a polyhedron) Having all sides of the same length, and all (corresponding) angles of the same size.

Synonyms

Antonyms

Translations

with constant frequency
normal
obeying rules
grammar
frequent, steady

Noun

  1. A member of the British Army as opposed to a member of the Territorial Army or Reserve.
  2. A frequent, routine visitor to an establishment.
  3. A coffee with one cream and one sugar.

Translations

member of the British Army
routine visitor

Portuguese

Adjective

  1. regular.
  2. average.

Verb

regular
  1. to regulate.
  2. to tune (an engine).
  3. to set (a watch, clock).

Verb

regular

Conjugation

es-conj-ar regul

Extensive Definition

The term regular can mean normal or obeying rules. Regular may refer to:
In organizations:
In mathematics, geometry, and statistics:
  • Regular polygon, a polygon where all angles and all sides are equal
  • Regular polyhedron, a 3-dimensional equivalent to a regular polygon
  • Regular category, a kind of category that has similarities to both Abelian categories and to the category of sets
  • Regular prime, a certain kind of prime number
  • Regular graph, a graph such that all the degrees of the vertices are equal
  • Regular cardinal, a cardinal number that is equal to its cofinality
  • Regular space, a topological space in which a point and a closed set can be separated by neighbourhoods
  • Regularity, the degree of differentiability of a Smooth function
  • Regularity, a necessary condition in Fisher information and in finding the Cramer-Rao Lower Bound
  • Axiom of Regularity, also called the Axiom of Foundation, an axiom of set theory asserting the non-existence of certain infinite chains of sets
In other uses:
  • Regular character, a main character who appears more frequently and/or prominently than a recurring character
  • Regular expression, a type of pattern describing a set of strings in computer science
  • Regular verb, a grammatical term for a verb with derived forms that are typical for the language

See also

regular in French: Régulier
regular in Japanese: レギュラー

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