[ verb ] fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
"regulate the temperature" "modulate the pitch"
Used in print(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)
The argon flow from commercial bottles was regulated by a pressure regulator and measured with a gas flow rator .
The current was regulated by_means_of a variable_resistor and measured with a 50 mV shunt and millivoltmeter .
[ verb ] (law) bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
"We cannot regulate the way people dress" "This town likes to regulate"
Used in print(The Providence Journal...)
The governor wrote Miss_Grant that he has been concerned for_some_time `` with the continuous problem which confronts our local and state law_enforcement officers as a result of the laws regulating Sunday sales '' .(The Philadelphia Inquirer,...)
In_reply , Deputy Police_Commissioner Howard_R._Leary said that the city spends more_than $ 115000 annually to license and regulate dogs but collects only $ 43000 in fees .(Joseph E. Choate, "The American Boating Scene"...)
Many states have laws regulating the use of boat trailers and some have restrictions regarding the age of motor boat operators .
Generally , states reserve for communities the right to have local ordinances regulating speed and other activities .
[ verb ] shape or influence; give direction to
"experience often determines ability" "mold public opinion"
Used in print(William Gomberg, "Unions and the Anti-Trust Laws"...)
`` Without any officious and improper interference on the subject , the price of labor or the wages of mechanics will be regulated by the demand for the manufactured article and the value of_that which is paid for it ; but the right does not exist to raise the wages of the mechanic by any forced and artificial means '' .