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 for Board rule
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rule \Rule\, n. [OE. reule, riule, OF. riule, reule, F.
     r['e]gle, fr. L. regula a ruler, rule, model, fr. regere,
     rectum, to lead straight, to direct. See Right, a., and cf.
     1. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for
        conduct or action; a governing direction for a specific
        purpose; an authoritative enactment; a regulation; a
        prescription; a precept; as, the rules of various
        societies; the rules governing a school; a rule of
        etiquette or propriety; the rules of cricket.
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              We profess to have embraced a religion which
              contains the most exact rules for the government of
              our lives.                            --Tillotson.
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     2. Hence:
        (a) Uniform or established course of things.
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                  'T is against the rule of nature. --Shak.
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        (b) Systematic method or practice; as, my ule is to rise
            at six o'clock.
        (c) Ordibary course of procedure; usual way; comon state
            or condition of things; as, it is a rule to which
            there are many exeptions.
        (d) Conduct in general; behavior. [Obs.]
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                  This uncivil rule; she shall know of it. --Shak.
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     3. The act of ruling; administration of law; government;
        empire; authority; control.
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              Obey them that have the rule over you. --Heb. xiii.
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              His stern rule the groaning land obeyed. --Pope.
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     4. (Law) An order regulating the practice of the courts, or
        an order made between parties to an action or a suit.
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     5. (Math.) A determinate method prescribed for performing any
        operation and producing a certain result; as, a rule for
        extracting the cube root.
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     6. (Gram.) A general principle concerning the formation or
        use of words, or a concise statement thereof; thus, it is
        a rule in England, that s or es, added to a noun in the
        singular number, forms the plural of that noun; but "man"
        forms its plural "men", and is an exception to the rule.
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        (a) A straight strip of wood, metal, or the like, which
            serves as a guide in drawing a straight line; a ruler.
        (b) A measuring instrument consisting of a graduated bar
            of wood, ivory, metal, or the like, which is usually
            marked so as to show inches and fractions of an inch,
            and jointed so that it may be folded compactly.
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                  A judicious artist will use his eye, but he will
                  trust only to his rule.           --South.
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     8. (Print.)
        (a) A thin plate of metal (usually brass) of the same
            height as the type, and used for printing lines, as
            between columns on the same page, or in tabular work.
        (b) A composing rule. See under Conposing.
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     As a rule, as a general thing; in the main; usually; as, he
        behaves well, as a rule.
     Board rule, Caliber rule, etc. See under Board,
        Caliber, etc.
     Rule joint, a knuckle joint having shoulders that abut when
        the connected pieces come in line with each other, and
        thus permit folding in one direction only.
     Rule of the road (Law), any of the various regulations
        imposed upon travelers by land or water for their mutual
        convenience or safety. In the United States it is a rule
        of the road that land travelers passing in opposite
        directions shall turn out each to his own right, and
        generally that overtaking persons or vehicles shall turn
        out to the left; in England the rule for vehicles (but not
        for pedestrians) is the opposite of this.
     Rule of three (Arith.), that rule which directs, when three
        terms are given, how to find a fourth, which shall have
        the same ratio to the third term as the second has to the
        first; proportion. See Proportion, 5
        (b) .
     Rule of thumb, any rude process or operation, like that of
        using the thumb as a rule in measuring; hence, judgment
        and practical experience as distinguished from scientific
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Board \Board\ (b[=o]rd), n. [OE. bord, AS. bord board,
     shipboard; akin to bred plank, Icel. bor[eth] board, side of
     a ship, Goth. f[=o]tu-baurd footstool, D. bord board, G.
     brett, bort. See def. 8. [root]92.]
     1. A piece of timber sawed thin, and of considerable length
        and breadth as compared with the thickness, -- used for
        building, etc.
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     Note: When sawed thick, as over one and a half or two inches,
           it is usually called a plank.
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     2. A table to put food upon.
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     Note: The term board answers to the modern table, but it was
           often movable, and placed on trestles. --Halliwell.
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                 Fruit of all kinds . . .
                 She gathers, tribute large, and on the board
                 Heaps with unsparing hand.         --Milton.
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     3. Hence: What is served on a table as food; stated meals;
        provision; entertainment; -- usually as furnished for pay;
        as, to work for one's board; the price of board.
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     4. A table at which a council or court is held. Hence: A
        council, convened for business, or any authorized assembly
        or meeting, public or private; a number of persons
        appointed or elected to sit in council for the management
        or direction of some public or private business or trust;
        as, the Board of Admiralty; a board of trade; a board of
        directors, trustees, commissioners, etc.
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              Both better acquainted with affairs than any other
              who sat then at that board.           --Clarendon.
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              We may judge from their letters to the board.
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     5. A square or oblong piece of thin wood or other material
        used for some special purpose, as, a molding board; a
        board or surface painted or arranged for a game; as, a
        chessboard; a backgammon board.
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     6. Paper made thick and stiff like a board, for book covers,
        etc.; pasteboard; as, to bind a book in boards.
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     7. pl. The stage in a theater; as, to go upon the boards, to
        enter upon the theatrical profession.
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     8. [In this use originally perh. a different word meaning
        border, margin; cf. D. boord, G. bord, shipboard, and G.
        borte trimming; also F. bord (fr. G.) the side of a ship.
        Cf. Border.] The border or side of anything. (Naut.)
        (a) The side of a ship. "Now board to board the rival
            vessels row." --Dryden. See On board, below.
        (b) The stretch which a ship makes in one tack.
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     Note: Board is much used adjectively or as the last part of a
           compound; as, fir board, clapboard, floor board,
           shipboard, sideboard, ironing board, chessboard,
           cardboard, pasteboard, seaboard; board measure.
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     The American Board, a shortened form of "The American Board
        of Commissioners for Foreign Missions" (the foreign
        missionary society of the American Congregational
     Bed and board. See under Bed.
     Board and board (Naut.), side by side.
     Board of control, six privy councilors formerly appointed
        to superintend the affairs of the British East Indies.
     Board rule, a figured scale for finding without calculation
        the number of square feet in a board. --Haldeman.
     Board of trade, in England, a committee of the privy
        council appointed to superintend matters relating to
        trade. In the United States, a body of men appointed for
        the advancement and protection of their business
        interests; a chamber of commerce.
     Board wages.
        (a) Food and lodging supplied as compensation for
            services; as, to work hard, and get only board wages.
        (b) Money wages which are barely sufficient to buy food
            and lodging.
        (c) A separate or special allowance of wages for the
            procurement of food, or food and lodging. --Dryden.
     By the board, over the board, or side. "The mast went by
        the board." --Totten. Hence (Fig.),
     To go by the board, to suffer complete destruction or
     To enter on the boards, to have one's name inscribed on a
        board or tablet in a college as a student. [Cambridge,
        England.] "Having been entered on the boards of Trinity
        college." --Hallam.
     To make a good board (Naut.), to sail in a straight line
        when close-hauled; to lose little to leeward.
     To make short boards, to tack frequently.
     On board.
        (a) On shipboard; in a ship or a boat; on board of; as, I
            came on board early; to be on board ship.
        (b) In or into a railway car or train. [Colloq. U. S.]
     Returning board, a board empowered to canvass and make an
        official statement of the votes cast at an election.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  board rule
      n 1: a measure used in computing board feet

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