rule of thumb
Date: 1692 1. a method of procedure based on experience and common sense 2. a general principle regarded as roughly correct but not intended to be scientifically accurate

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  • Rule of thumb — 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. {Regular}.] 1. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rule of thumb — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Rule of thumb es una expresión inglesa que designa un principio de amplia aplicación que no necesariamente es estrictamente preciso ni confiable en cada situación. Es un procedimiento de fácil aprendizaje y… …   Wikipedia Español

  • rule of thumb —    Rule of thumb means approximately.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    A rule of thumb is a general rule which is a handy way of measuring or calculating something.     As a rule of thumb, use one third vinegar and three thirds oil to make …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • rule of thumb — ► a practical and approximate way of measuring or deciding about something: »As a rule of thumb, the higher the yield offered, the riskier the investments will be. Main Entry: ↑rule …   Financial and business terms

  • rule-of-thumb — rule of thumbˈ adjective According to rule of thumb (see below) • • • Main Entry: ↑rule …   Useful english dictionary

  • rule of thumb — n. [from the method of measuring by the thumb] 1. a rule based on experience or practice rather than on scientific knowledge 2. any method of estimating that is practical though not precise …   English World dictionary

  • rule of thumb — means approximately …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • rule of thumb — rule′ of thumb′ n. 1) a general principle or rule based on experience or practice, as opposed to a scientific calculation 2) a rough, practical method of procedure • Etymology: 1685–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • rule of thumb — ► rule of thumb a broadly accurate guide or principle, based on practice rather than theory. Main Entry: ↑rule …   English terms dictionary

  • Rule of thumb —   Rule of thumb means approximately …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • Rule of thumb — A rule of thumb is a principle with broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable for every situation. It is an easily learned and easily applied procedure for approximately calculating or recalling some value, or for …   Wikipedia

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