Reg"u*lar (-l?r), a. [L. regularis, fr. regula a rule, fr. regere to guide, to rule: cf. F. r'egulier. See Rule.]
Conformed to a rule; agreeable to an established rule, law, principle, or type, or to established customary forms; normal; symmetrical; as, a regular verse in poetry; a regular piece of music; a regular verb; regular practice of law or medicine; a regular building.
Governed by rule or rules; steady or uniform in course, practice, or occurence; not subject to unexplained or irrational variation; returning at stated intervals; steadily pursued; orderlly; methodical; as, the regular succession of day and night; regular habits.
Constituted, selected, or conducted in conformity with established usages, rules, or discipline; duly authorized; permanently organized; as, a regular meeting; a regular physican; a regular nomination; regular troops.
Belonging to a monastic order or community; as, regular clergy, in distinction dfrom the secular clergy.
Thorough; complete; unmitigated; as, a regular humbug.
6. Bot. & Zool.
Having all the parts of the same kind alike in size and shape; as, a regular flower; a regular sea urchin.
Same as Isometric.
Regular polygon Geom., a plane polygon which is both equilateral and equiangular. -- Regular polyhedron Geom., a polyhedron whose faces are equal regular polygons. There are five regular polyhedrons, -- the tetrahedron, the hexahedron, or cube, the octahedron, the dodecahedron, and the icosahedron. -- Regular sales Stock Exchange, sales of stock deliverable on the day after the transaction. -- Regular troops, troops of a standing or permanent army; -- opposed to militia.<-- or opposed to reserves -->
Syn. -- Normal; orderly; methodical. See Normal.
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Reg"u*lar (r?g"?*l?r), n. [LL. regularis: cf. F. r'egulier. See Regular, a.]
1. R. C. Ch.
A member of any religious order or community who has taken the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and who has been solemnly recognized by the church.
A soldier belonging to a permanent or standing army; -- chiefly used in the plural.
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