Plan vs Rule - What's the difference?

plan | rule |


As a noun plan

is a tablet (for writing and erasing).

As a verb rule is

.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

plan

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A drawing showing technical details of a building, machine, etc., with unwanted details omitted, and often using symbols rather than detailed drawing to represent doors, valves, etc.
  • The plans for many important buildings were once publicly available.
  • A set of intended actions, usually mutually related, through which one expects to achieve a goal.
  • He didn't really have a plan ; he had a goal and a habit of control.
  • A two-dimensional drawing of a building as seen from above with obscuring or irrelevant details such as roof removed, or of a floor of a building, revealing the internal layout; as distinct from the elevation.
  • Seen in plan , the building had numerous passageways not apparent to visitors.
  • A method; a way of procedure; a custom.
  • * Wordsworth
  • The simple plan , / That they should take who have the power, / And they should keep who can.

    Usage notes

    * A plan ("set of intended actions") can be developed, executed, implemented, ignored, abandoned, scrapped, changed, etc.

    Synonyms

    * (drawing of a building from above): floor plan

    Derived terms

    * battleplan * floor plan * business plan * development plan * marketing plan * masterplan * game plan * contingency plan * action plan * escalation plan * lesson plan * plan A * plan B * price plan * rate plan

    Verb

    (plann)
  • To design (a building, machine, etc.).
  • To create a plan for.
  • To intend.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Can China clean up fast enough? , passage=It has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.}}
  • See plan on.
  • To make a plan.
  • Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See

    Derived terms

    * planner * plan on * plan out

    Statistics

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    rule

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A regulation, law, guideline.
  • * Tillotson
  • We profess to have embraced a religion which contains the most exact rules for the government of our lives.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= T time , passage=The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them
  • A ruler; device for measuring, a straightedge, a measure.
  • * South
  • A judicious artist will use his eye, but he will trust only to his rule .
  • A straight line , especially one lying across a paper as a guide for writing.
  • A regulating principle.
  • * c. 1604, William Shakespeare, All's well that ends well , Act I, scene I:
  • There's little can be said in 't; 'Tis against the rule of nature.
  • The act of ruling; administration of law; government; empire; authority; control.
  • * Bible, Hebrews xiii. 17
  • Obey them that have the rule over you.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • His stern rule the groaning land obeyed.
  • A normal condition or state of affairs.
  • My rule is to rise at six o'clock.
  • (obsolete) Conduct; behaviour.
  • * Shakespeare
  • This uncivil rule ; she shall know of it.
  • (legal) An order regulating the practice of the courts, or an order made between parties to an action or a suit.
  • (Wharton)
  • (math) A determinate method prescribed for performing any operation and producing a certain result.
  • a rule for extracting the cube root
  • (printing, dated) A thin plate of brass or other metal, of the same height as the type, and used for printing lines, as between columns on the same page, or in tabular work.
  • Derived terms

    * exception that proves the rule * golden rule * rule of action * rule of law * rule of thumb * silver rule * slide rule * there is an exception to every rule

    Verb

    (rul)
  • To regulate, be in charge of, make decisions for, reign over.
  • * , chapter=13
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them. Soft heartedness caused more harm than good.}}
  • (slang) To excel.
  • To mark (paper or the like) with (lines).
  • To decide judicially.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author= Karen McVeigh
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=10, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= US rules human genes can't be patented , passage=The US supreme court has ruled unanimously that natural human genes cannot be patented, a decision that scientists and civil rights campaigners said removed a major barrier to patient care and medical innovation.}}
  • To establish or settle by, or as by, a rule; to fix by universal or general consent, or by common practice.
  • * Atterbury
  • That's a ruled case with the schoolmen.

    Synonyms

    * (to excel) rock (also slang)

    Antonyms

    * (to excel) suck (vulgar slang)

    Derived terms

    * Rule Britannia * rule on * rule out * rule the roost * the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world

    Anagrams

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