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1. Customary, usual, or normal: the train's regular schedule.
2. Orderly, even, or symmetrical: regular teeth.
3. In conformity with a fixed procedure, principle, or discipline.
4. Well-ordered; methodical: regular habits.
5. Occurring at fixed intervals; periodic: regular payments.
6. Having bowel movements or menstrual periods with normal frequency.
7. Not varying; constant.
8. Formally correct; proper.
9. Having the required qualifications for an occupation: not a regular lawyer.
10. Informal Complete; thorough: a regular scoundrel.
11. Informal Good; nice: a regular guy.
12. Botany Having symmetrically arranged parts of similar size and shape: regular flowers.
13. Grammar Conforming to the usual pattern of inflection, derivation, or word formation.
14. Ecclesiastical Belonging to a religious order and bound by its rules: the regular clergy.
15. Mathematics
a. Having equal sides and equal angles. Used of polygons.
b. Having faces that are congruent regular polygons and congruent polyhedral angles. Used of polyhedrons.
16. Belonging to or constituting the permanent army of a nation.
1. Ecclesiastical A member of the clergy or of a religious order.
2. A soldier belonging to a regular army.
3. A dependable loyal person: one of the party regulars.
4. A clothing size designed for persons of average height.
5. A habitual customer.

[Middle English reguler, living under religious rule, from Old French, from Late Latin rēgulāris, according to rule, from Latin rēgula, rod, rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

reg′u·lar′i·ty (-lăr′ĭ-tē) n.
reg′u·lar·ly adv.


  1. Balance as a tail balances a kite —Anon
  2. Balanced as the scales of justice —Anon
  3. [A cat’s purring] intermittent as a walkie-talkie —Lorrie Moore
  4. Irregular as French verbs —Anon
  5. Random, like love’s choices —Patricia Hampl
  6. Regular as a clock —Slogan for Serutan laxative, Healthaids, Inc.
  7. Regular as a heartbeat —Mary Hedin
  8. Regular as a metronome —Edward Hoagland
  9. Regular as a motor boat —Lee Smith

    A more specific variation: “Regular as the chug-chug of a motor boat.”

  10. Regular as sun and tide —Wallace Stegner
  11. Regular as the moon makes the tides —Henry James
  12. Rhythmic as water —Amy Hempel

    In Hempel’s story, Beg, si tog, Inc, Cont, Rep, it’s the sliding knitting needles that are likened to water.

  13. Scattered like applause during a bad act —Anon
  14. Steadily as a shell secretes its beating leagues of monotone —Hart Crane
  15. Symmetrical as a doily —Betsy Wade, New York Times, May 2, 1986

    The descriptive frame of reference is a tree.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.regularity - a property of polygons: the property of having equal sides and equal angles
symmetricalness, symmetry, correspondence, balance - (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
2.regularity - the quality of being characterized by a fixed principle or rate; "he was famous for the regularity of his habits"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
cyclicity, periodicity - the quality of recurring at regular intervals
methodicalness, orderliness - the quality of appreciating method and system
uniformity - a condition in which everything is regular and unvarying
invariability, evenness - a quality of uniformity and lack of variation
even spacing - regularity of spacing
steadiness - the quality of being steady--regular and unvarying
unregularity, irregularity - not characterized by a fixed principle or rate; at irregular intervals




[ˌregjʊˈlærɪtɪ] Nregularidad f


[ˌrɛgjʊˈlærɪti] nrégularité f
with unfailing regularity → avec une régularité de métronome


(= occurrence at even intervals)Regelmäßigkeit f; (of rhythm)Gleichmäßigkeit f; (of employment)Festheit f; (of way of life, bowel movements)Geregeltheit f
(= symmetry, Gram) → Regelmäßigkeit f; (of surface)Gleichmäßigkeit f; (Geometry) → Gleichseitigkeit f
(= permissibility: of action, procedure) → Richtigkeit f


[ˌrɛgjʊˈlærɪtɪ] nregolarità


(ˈregjulə) adjective
1. usual. Saturday is his regular day for shopping; That isn't our regular postman, is it?
2. (American) normal. He's too handicapped to attend a regular school.
3. occurring, acting etc with equal amounts of space, time etc between. They placed guards at regular intervals round the camp; Is his pulse regular?
4. involving doing the same things at the same time each day etc. a man of regular habits.
5. frequent. He's a regular visitor; He's one of our regular customers.
6. permanent; lasting. He's looking for a regular job.
7. (of a noun, verb etc) following one of the usual grammatical patterns of the language. `Walk' is a regular verb, but `go' is an irregular verb.
8. the same on both or all sides or parts; neat; symmetrical. a girl with regular features; A square is a regular figure.
9. of ordinary size. I don't want the large size of packet – just give me the regular one.
10. (of a soldier) employed full-time, professional; (of an army) composed of regular soldiers.
1. a soldier in the regular army.
2. a regular customer (eg at a bar).
ˌreguˈlarity (-ˈla-) noun
ˈregularly adverb
1. at regular times, places etc. His heart was beating regularly.
2. frequently. He comes here regularly.
ˈregulate (-leit) verb
1. to control. We must regulate our spending; Traffic lights are used to regulate traffic.
2. to adjust (a piece of machinery etc) so that it works at a certain rate etc. Can you regulate this watch so that it keeps time accurately?
ˌreguˈlation noun
1. a rule or instruction. There are certain regulations laid down as to how this job should be done, and these must be obeyed; (also adjective) Please use envelopes of the regulation size.
2. the act of regulating. the regulation of a piece of machinery.
ˈregulator (-lei-) noun
a thing that regulates (a piece of machinery etc).


n. regularidad, normalidad.
References in classic literature ?
The great novelist vibrated between two decanters with the regularity of a pendulum; the famous divine flirted openly with one of the Madame de Staels of the age, who looked daggers at another Corinne, who was amiably satirizing her, after outmaneuvering her in efforts to absorb the profound philosopher, who imbibed tea Johnsonianly and appeared to slumber, the loquacity of the lady rendering speech impossible.
The holes were several yards apart, and were disposed with a good deal of regularity, almost as if the town had been laid out in streets and avenues.
Be the cause what it may, this little, quiet, never-ceasing throb of Time's pulse, repeating its small strokes with such busy regularity, in Judge Pyncheon's motionless hand, has an effect of terror, which we do not find in any other accompaniment of the scene.
Bred up from boyhood in the Custom-House, it was his proper field of activity; and the many intricacies of business, so harassing to the interloper, presented themselves before him with the regularity of a perfectly comprehended system.
We had brief intervals of grim stillness, interrupted with piteous regularity by the clash made by the falling of an iron-clad; and this sort of thing was going on, right along, and was very creepy there in the dark and lonesomeness.
The captive had broken off the stalagmite, and upon the stump had placed a stone, wherein he had scooped a shallow hollow to catch the precious drop that fell once in every three minutes with the dreary regularity of a clock-tick -- a dessertspoonful once in four and twenty hours.
Marianne's feelings had then broken in, and put an end to all regularity of detail; and for some time all that could be done was to soothe her distress, lessen her alarms, and combat her resentment.
I believe she was happy in her way: this routine sufficed for her; and nothing annoyed her so much as the occurrence of any incident which forced her to vary its clockwork regularity.
The luxurious tranquillity of the scene; the cool fragrance of flowers and perfumes in the atmosphere; the rapt attitude of Magdalen, absorbed over her reading; the monotonous regularity of movement in the maid's hand and arm, as she drew the comb smoothly through and through her mistress's hair -- all conveyed the same soothing impression of drowsy, delicious quiet.
I fondly explained to Dora that Jip should have his mutton-chop with his accustomed regularity.
His white mantle was shaped with severe regularity, according to the rule of Saint Bernard himself, being composed of what was then called Burrel cloth, exactly fitted to the size of the wearer, and bearing on the left shoulder the octangular cross peculiar to the Order, formed of red cloth.
For he argued thus: "that the two half brains being left to debate the matter between themselves within the space of one skull, would soon come to a good understanding, and produce that moderation, as well as regularity of thinking, so much to be wished for in the heads of those, who imagine they come into the world only to watch and govern its motion: and as to the difference of brains, in quantity or quality, among those who are directors in faction, the doctor assured us, from his own knowledge, that "it was a perfect trifle.