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In a backward way or manner; by return. – Johnson.

RE-GRET', n. [Fr. regret; either from the root of grate, or more directly from the root of Sp. and Port. gritar, It. gridare, Sw. gråta, Ice. groet, Dan. græder, Goth. grietan, W. grydiaw, to scream or cry out, to utter a rough sound; in some dialects to weep or lament. But grate and Sp. gritar are probably of the same family.]

  1. Grief; sorrow; pain of mind. We feel regret at the loss of friends, regret for our own misfortunes, or for the misfortunes of others. Never any prince expressed a more lively regret for the loss of a servant. – Clarendon. Her piety itself would blame, / If her regrets should waken thine. – Prior.
  2. Pain of conscience; remorse; as, a passionate regret at sin. – Decay of Piety.
  3. Dislike; aversion. [Not proper nor in use.] – Decay of Piety.

RE-GRET', v.t. [Fr. regretter.]

  1. To grieve at; to lament; to be sorry for; to repent. Calmly he look'd on either life, and here / Saw nothing to regret, or there to fear. – Pope.
  2. To be uneasy at. [Not proper nor in use.] – Glanville.


Full of regret. – Fanshaw.


With regret. – Greenhill.




Lamenting; grieving at; repenting.

RE-GUERD-ON, n. [regerd'on; re and Fr. guerdon, a reward. See Reward.]

A reward; a recompense. [Not in use.] – Shak.

RE-GUERD-ON, v.t. [regerd'on.]

To reward. [Not in use.] – Shak.

REG'U-LAR, a. [Sp. id.; Fr. regulier; L. regularis, from regula, a rule, from rego, to rule.]

  1. Conformed to a rule; agreeable to an established rule, law or principle, to a prescribed mode or to established customary forms; as, a regular epic poem; a regular verse in poetry; a regular piece of music; regular practice of law or medicine; a regular plan; a regular building.
  2. Governed by rule or rules; steady or uniform in a course or practice; as, regular in diet; regular in attending on divine worship.
  3. In geometry, a regular figure is one whose sides and angles are equal, as a square, a cube, or an equilateral triangle. Regular figures of more than three or four sides are usually called regular polygons. – Encyc.
  4. Instituted or initiated according to established forms or discipline; as, a regular physician.
  5. Methodical; orderly; as, a regular kind of sensuality or indulgence. – Law.
  6. Periodical; as, the regular return of day and night; a regular trade wind or monsoon.
  7. Pursued with uniformity or steadiness; as, a regular trade.
  8. Belonging to a monastic order; as, regular clergy, in distinction from the secular clergy. Regular troops, troops of a permanent army; opposed to militia.


  1. In a monastery, one who has taken the vows, and who is bound to follow the rules of the order. – Encyc.
  2. A soldier belonging to a permanent army.


  1. Agreeableness to a rule or to established order; as, the regularity of legal proceedings.
  2. Method; certain order. Regularity is the life of business.
  3. Conformity to certain principles; as, the regularity of a figure.
  4. Steadiness or uniformity in a course; as, the regularity of the motion of a heavenly body. There is no regularity in the vicissitudes of the weather.

REG'U-LAR-LY, adv.

  1. In a manner accordant to a rule or established mode; as, a physician or lawyer regularly admitted to practice; a verse regularly formed.
  2. In uniform order; at certain intervals or periods; as, day and night regularly returning.
  3. Methodically; in due order; as, affairs regularly performed.

REG'U-LATE, v.t.

  1. To adjust by rule, method or established mode; as, to regulate weights and measures; to regulate the assize of bread; to regulate our moral conduct by the laws of God and of society; to regulate our manners by the customary forms.
  2. To put in good order; as, to regulate the disordered state of a nation or its finances.
  3. To subject to rules or restrictions; as, to regulate trade; to regulate diet.


Adjusted by rule, method or forms; put in good order; subjected to rules or restrictions.


Adjusting by rule, method or forms; reducing to order; subjecting to rules or restrictions.


  1. The art of regulating or reducing to order. – Ray.
  2. A rule or order prescribed by a superior for the management of some business, or for the government of a company or society.


Regulating; tending to regulate.


  1. One who regulates.
  2. The small spring of a watch, which regulates its motions by retarding or accelerating them.
  3. Any part of a machine which regulates its movements.

REG'U-LINE, a. [See Regulus.]

Pertaining to regulus or pure metal. Bodies which we can reduce to the metallic or reguline state. – Lavoisier.

REG'U-LIZE, v.t.

To reduce to regulus or pure metal; to separate pure metal from extraneous matter.


Reduced to pure metal.


Separating pure metal from extraneous matter.

REG'U-LUS, n. [L. a petty king; Fr. regule. For the plural, some authors write reguli, and others reguluses.]

In chimistry, the pure metal which, in the melting of ores falls to the bottom of the crucible. – Encyc. Lavoisier.


To be thrown or poured back.