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Main Entry: 1reg·u·lar
Pronunciation: 're-gy&-l&r, 're-g(&-)l&r also 'rA-
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English reguler, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin regularis regular, from Latin, of a bar, from regula rule -- more at RULE
Date: 14th century
1 : belonging to a religious order
2 a : formed, built, arranged, or ordered according to some established rule, law, principle, or type b (1) : both equilateral and equiangular <a regular polygon> (2) : having faces that are congruent regular polygons and all the polyhedral angles congruent <a regular polyhedron> c of a flower : having the arrangement of floral parts exhibiting radial symmetry with members of the same whorl similar in form
3 a : ORDERLY, METHODICAL <regular habits> b : recurring, attending, or functioning at fixed, uniform, or normal intervals <a regular income> <a regular churchgoer> <regular bowel movements>
4 a : constituted, conducted, scheduled, or done in conformity with established or prescribed usages, rules, or discipline b : NORMAL, STANDARD: as (1) : ABSOLUTE, COMPLETE <a regular fool> <the office seemed like a regular madhouse> (2) : thinking or behaving in an acceptable, normal, or agreeable manner <was a regular guy> c (1) : conforming to the normal or usual manner of inflection (2) : WEAK 7 d of a postage stamp : issued in large numbers over a long period for general use in prepayment of postage
5 : of, relating to, or constituting the permanent standing military force of a state <the regular army> <regular soldiers>
synonyms REGULAR, NORMAL, TYPICAL, NATURAL mean being of the sort or kind that is expected as usual, ordinary, or average. REGULAR stresses conformity to a rule, standard, or pattern <the club's regular monthly meeting>. NORMAL implies lack of deviation from what has been discovered or established as the most usual or expected <normal behavior for a two-year-old>. TYPICAL implies showing all important traits of a type, class, or group and may suggest lack of strong individuality <a typical small town>. NATURAL applies to what conforms to a thing's essential nature, function, or mode of being <the natural love of a mother for her child>.