To regulate a watch
Regulate Reg"u*late (-l[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Regulated} (-l[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Regulating}.] [L. regulatus, p. p. of regulare, fr. regula. See {Regular}.] 1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct by rule or restriction; to subject to governing principles or laws. [1913 Webster]

The laws which regulate the successions of the seasons. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The herdsmen near the frontier adjudicated their own disputes, and regulated their own police. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances. [1913 Webster]

3. To adjust, or maintain, with respect to a desired rate, degree, or condition; as, to regulate the temperature of a room, the pressure of steam, the speed of a machine, etc. [1913 Webster]

{To regulate a watch} or {To regulate a clock}, to adjust its rate of running so that it will keep approximately standard time. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To adjust; dispose; methodize; arrange; direct; order; rule; govern. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To regulate a clock — Regulate Reg u*late ( l[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Regulated} ( l[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Regulating}.] [L. regulatus, p. p. of regulare, fr. regula. See {Regular}.] 1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct by rule or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set the watch — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set a gin — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set a saw — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set a snare — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set a trap — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beat of a watch — Beat Beat, n. 1. A stroke; a blow. [1913 Webster] He, with a careless beat, Struck out the mute creation at a heat. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A recurring stroke; a throb; a pulsation; as, a beat of the heart; the beat of the pulse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Regulate — Reg u*late ( l[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Regulated} ( l[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Regulating}.] [L. regulatus, p. p. of regulare, fr. regula. See {Regular}.] 1. To adjust by rule, method, or established mode; to direct by rule or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • regulate — regulative /reg yeuh lay tiv, yeuh leuh tiv/, regulatory /reg yeuh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. regulatively, adv. /reg yeuh layt /, v.t., regulated, regulating. 1. to control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc.: to regulate household… …   Universalium

  • regulate — reg•u•late [[t]ˈrɛg yəˌleɪt[/t]] v. t. lat•ed, lat•ing 1) to control or direct by a rule, principle, or method 2) to adjust in accordance with some standard or requirement, as of amount or degree: to regulate the temperature[/ex] 3) to adjust so… …   From formal English to slang

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