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  1. A governor; a ruler; in a general sense; as Uriel, regent of the sun. – Milton.
  2. One invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence or disability of the king. – Encyc.
  3. In colleges, a teacher of arts and sciences, having pupils under his care, generally of the lower classes; those who instruct the higher classes being called professors. – Encyc.
  4. In English universities, a master of arts under five years standing, and a doctor under two. – Encyc.
  5. In the state of New York, the member of a corporate body which is invested with the superintendence of all the colleges, academies and schools in the state. This board consists of twenty-one members, who are called “the regents of the university of the state of New York.” They are appointed and removable by the legislature. They have power to grant acts of incorporation for colleges, to visit and inspect all colleges, academies and schools, and to make regulations for governing the same. – Stat. New York.


A protectress of a kingdom. – Cotgrave.


  1. The power of governing, or the office of a regent.
  2. Deputed authority. – Shak.

RE-GERM'IN-ATE, v.i. [re and germinate.]

To germinate again. Perennial plants regerminate several years successively. – Lee.


Germinating anew.


A sprouting or germination anew.

RE-GEST', n.

A register. [Not in use.] – Milton.


Governable. [Not in use.] – Dict.

REG'I-CIDE, n. [It. and Sp. regicida; Fr. regicide; L. rex, king, and cædo, to slay.]

  1. A king-killer; one who murders a king. – Dryden.
  2. The killing or murder of a king. – Pope.

REG'I-MEN, n. [L. from rego, to govern.]

  1. In medicine, the regulation of diet with a view to the preservation or restoration of health; or in a more general sense, the regulation of all the non-naturals for the same purposes. – Encyc.
  2. Any regulation or remedy which is intended to produce beneficial effects by gradual operation. – Hume.
  3. In grammar, government; that part of syntax or construction, which regulates the dependency of words, and the alterations which one occasions or requires in another in connection with it; the words governed.
  4. Orderly government; system of order.

REG'I-MENT, n. [L. regimen.]

  1. In military affairs, a body of men, either horse, foot or artillery, commanded by a colonel or lieutenant-colonel and major, and consisting of a number of companies, usually from eight to ten.
  2. Government; mode of ruling; rule; authority; as used by Hooker, Hale, and others. [Wholly obsolete.]

REG'I-MENT, v.t.

To form into a regiment or into regiments with proper officers. [A military use of the word.] – Washington. Smollet.


Belonging to a regiment; as, regimental officers; regimental clothing.

REG-I-MENT'ALS, n. [plur.]

The uniform worn by the troops of a regiment.


Formed into a regiment; incorporated with a regiment. Washington.

RE-GION, n. [re'jun; Fr. and Sp. rejion; It. regione; L. regio; Ir. crioch, with a prefix; from the root of reach, reck, L. rego.]

  1. A tract of land or space of indefinite extent, usually a tract of considerable extent. It is sometimes nearly synonymous with country; as, all the region of Argob. – Deut. iii. He had dominion over all the region on this side the river. – 1 Kings iv. So we speak of the airy region, the ethereal regions, the upper regions, the lower regions.
  2. The inhabitants of a region or district of country. – Matth. iii.
  3. A part of the body; as, the region of the heart or liver.
  4. Place; rank. He is of too high a region. [Unusual.] – Shak.

REG'IS-TER, n. [Fr. registre, regître; Low L. registrum, from regero, to set down in writing; re and gero, to carry. But Spelman considers the word as formed of re and Norm. gister or giser, to lay, and equivalent to repository.]

  1. A written account or entry of acts, judgments or proceedings, for preserving and conveying to future times an exact knowledge of transactions. The word appropriately denotes an official account of the proceedings of public body, a prince, a legislature, a court, an incorporated company and the like, and in this use it is synonymous with record. But in a lax sense, it signifies any account entered on paper to preserve the remembrance of what is done.
  2. The book in which a register or record is kept, as a parish register; also, a list, as the register of seamen.
  3. [Low L. registrarius.] The officer or person whose business is to write or enter in a book accounts of transactions, particularly of the acts and proceedings of courts or other public bodies; as, the register of a court of probate; a register of deeds.
  4. In chimistry and the arts, an aperture with a lid, stopped or sliding plate, in a furnace, stove, &c. for regulating the admission of air and the heat of the fire.
  5. The inner part of the mold in which types are cast.
  6. In printing, the correspondence of columns on the opposite sides of the sheet.
  7. A sliding piece of wood, used as a stop in an organ. Parish register, a book in which are recorded the baptisms of children and the marriages and burials of the parish. Register ship, a ship which obtains permission to trade to the Spanish West Indies, and is registered before sailing. – Encyc.

REG'IS-TER, v.t.

  1. To record; to write in a book for preserving an exact account of facts and proceedings. The Greeks and Romans registered the names of all children born.
  2. To enroll; to enter in a list. – Milton.


Recorded in a book or register; enrolled.


Recording; enrolling.


The office of register.


An officer in the English universities, who has the keeping of all the public records. – Encyc.


The act of inserting in a register. – Walsh.


  1. The act of recording or writing in a register.
  2. The place where a register is kept.
  3. A series of facts recorded. – Temple.


In England, a professor whose chair was founded by Henry VIII.