regulation-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: a rule or principle

Commentary: Some rule, either external or internal, that governs behavior or the state of things.

According to official regulations, the kick was out-of-bounds.
A number of new regulations determined John's salary.
Short hair is the regulation around here.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1 2

Sense Number 2: state of being under control

Commentary: REGULATION[+event] The state of being governed or under control. Being well-regulated.

Military school will give your life some regulation, boy.
Regulation and organization are the keys to our department's success.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 3: act of managing

Commentary: REGULATION[+event] Refers to the act of governing or controlling something. The act of regulating.

The regulation of the airwaves is the SCC's job.
The rebels refused to submit to the government's regulation.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 4: making regular or uniform

Commentary: REGULATION[+event] The act of organizing or regularizing something. Probably called regularization most of the time.

The regulation of our messy waste-disposal system was one of my early achievements.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: ability to heal an injury

Commentary: Embryos have an ability to continue normal development after its structure has been damaged.

If we harnessed an embryo's power of regulation, perhaps we could normalize our cell structures!

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4