General Science


  • noun the use of laws or rules stipulated by a government or regulatory body, such as the FSA, to provide orderly procedures and to protect consumers and investors


  • noun a rule made by a government or official body
  • noun a rule made by the Council of Ministers or the Commission of the EU, which has legal force in all member countries. European regulations require, e.g., that animals being transported should be rested, fed and watered every 24 hours.


  • noun an act or instance of controlling or adjusting to a specific requirement


  • The ability of a ballast to hold constant (or nearly constant) the output watts (light output) during fluctuations in the voltage feeding of the ballast. Normally specified as +/– percent change in output compared to +/– percent change in input.


  • adjective denoting a straightforward chance of catching the ball, especially when the catch is dropped
    Citation ‘Just when Tamil Nadu was understandably desperate for a breakthrough, S. Suresh spilled a regulation catch and let Uttar Pradesh escape with a draw’ (The Hindu 20 November 2004)
    Citation ‘Geraint Jones’ error was a bad one, though, spilling a regulation outside edge when Kumble had scored just nine’ (Jonathan Agnew, BBC Sport website, 3 March 2006)


  • noun a rule or law to make sure that something will work well
  • noun the act of making sure that something will work well, especially the control of services such as transport or financial services by a central government
  • noun a rule laid down by the Council of Ministers or commission of the European Union which is of general application, binding in its entirety and applies directly to all member states


  • The process of adjusting, managing, or otherwise controlling something.
  • In a control system, the maintaining of one or more output quantities within specified parameters.
  • The process of maintaining a voltage, current, amplitude, power level, or the like, within specified values.
  • For a transformer, power supply, or generator, the maximum difference in voltage between no-load and full load conditions, operational temperature extremes, line voltage fluctuations, or the like. Also, the change in output voltage for a given variation in a parameter such as load current.


  • A legal guideline to be followed which manages the behavior of affected individuals or companies. In the forex market, official regulation primarily applies to retail forex trading or managed accounts based in the United States, the UK, the EU and Australia in order to protect the public.

Health Economics

  • (written as Regulation)
    Usually refers to the supervision and control of private sector activity - both firms and individuals. Regarding firms, regulation can relate to health and safety at work (see e.g. Hotopp et al., 2008), prices and profits in the pharmaceutical industry (see, e.g. Danzon, 1997a, b) and prices and profits in hospitals (see e.g. Salkever, 2000) as well as to other aspects of their working. For some economic theories of regulation see, e.g. Interest Group Theory.

Media Studies

  • noun the activity of controlling what happens in an industry and taking action when unfair or unreasonable practices occur. OFCOM is the body which regulates the media in the UK.


  • noun the act of making sure that something will work well by using laws or rules