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ríagal n ā, f. (Lat. rēgula) O.Ir. ríagol, -ul; later n s. riagail. n s.
55 riagol, Sg. 32a2 , 41a4 , 178a2 . a s. riagoil, 9c22 . d s. riagoil,
220a5 . riaghal riaghail, IGT Dec. § 10.10 , § 37.10 (g s. n p.
riaghla). In later Ir. somet. with guttural st. in pl.
(a) A rule (whether prescription, law, tradition or custom):
used in a less definite and legal sense than dliged. In Sg.
60commonly of rules of grammar, orthography, etc.: iar
riagoil chenelaig aiccend the general rule of accents , 220a5 . cia
forcomam-ni riagoil sen-grec hi scríbunt (= scripturam anti-
quam servamus), 9a22 . ní thabrat-som smacht no recht no
ríagail ar denam a peccaid, LU 2378 ( RC iv 250 § 16 ). is hí
65ind riaguil chert . . . fognad cách Dé mog, Fél. 4.15 . it é do
theoir riagla . . . ainme ocus umaldóit, serc in C[h]oimded,
Ériu i 194.7 . riagail soscéli cluined ocus ríagail mín manach
let him hear the rule of the Gospel , Ériu iii 100 § 25a . is mairg
ailter cen ríagail, Arch. iii 215 § 3 . riagla naemh nEirenn
70d'ḟogluim (= regulas), Lat. Lives 105.10 . iar riagail na
sruthi, PH 5555 . riagla na n-aínted rules for fasts , 5553 .
riagail na Casc, MacCarthy 308.7 ( BB 13b ). co riaglaib ic
clerchib, Cog. 140.12 . i riaghlachaibh an chogaidh the rules of
war
, Content. xvi 70 . do réir riaghlach an réasúin, Eochairsg.
75 53.22 . díogha a reachta is riaghla a ré (i.e. rejecting the laws
and standards of their time), Hackett xlii 80 .
In Laws Comm. oft. used to gloss cáin, e.g. Laws iv 166.2 , v
236.20 , 292.9 , 480.24 . do reir riaghla . . . in lanamnais, ii
342.29 . As vn.: anadh ┐ dithim do riagail uirri a haithle a
80dethbiriusa, i 302.7 . Cf. riagailt.
Esp. of a monastic Rule laid down by the founder or head
of a monastery: nach oen, ol Maol Rúoin . . . forcomedar mo
riaguil who observes my Rule , Mon. Tall. § 6 . aon troscut i
riagail Comgeild there is one fast in Comgall's Rule , § 68 . luid
85. . . co Roim do acallaim Grigair for cend uird ┐ riagla (i.e.
regarding the rule of a monastery), LU 3095 . ? Eri ogh, inis
na naomh | co n-imad riaghal [sic leg.] ro-caemh, MacCarthy
408.12 ( BB 49b41 ). Hence a techn. term for the metrical rules
incorporating the precepts of a religious founder: ut est a
Riaguil Ailbe, O'Dav. 1003 ; cf. Ériu iii 92 fg .
5Passing into sense of rule, authority : cóic cét déc rigḟer atát
fót ríagail, LL 297a41 ( SG 364.34 ). fo riaguil ríg nime, Fél.
Ep. 96 . co rāith cech recht asa riaghuil, ZCP viii 196.8
(prophecy of degenerate times: has lost its authority ? or has
swerved from its tenor
?). gébhuidh Banbha arís riaghuil will
10submit to rule or law
, IGT Dec. ex. 697 . iomchoruidh lámh
an . . . dhúthrachtaigh ríaghail shall bear rule , Prov. xii 24 .
Cf. mac Riagaill ráin, ba riagail `who was a ruler', Met. Dinds.
iii 338.20 .
Of a rule of life, line of conduct, etc.: ba hí seo riagol a
15chrabuid .i. no gebed in uli ṡalmu, etc. (= quotidiana eius vita),
Lat. Lives 62.13 ( LB 29a66 ). ar cruas a riagla ┐ a mbethad
(of the Irish saints), BCC § 155 . San Clára fa cruaidhe
riaghail, PBocht 1 § 12 . Cf. a Chú cosin caemriagail, TBC
3672 . focherdedh dub cusna findu, findiu a riaghal whiter its
20condition
(of a sheep changing colour), Anecd. i 57 § 60 (leg.
riaghol, : iarom).
In loose sense: tri chét bliadan . . . tri riagla rímim (= I
calculate correctly), LL 5b19 . .xl. bliadan . . . is réil in riagail,
131b8 ( Trip. 538 § 46 ). rāidhim rit do reir riaghlach, ZCP vii
25301 § 5 , cf. § 12 . tri noi . . . rimthir fo riaghluibh reilibh, AU
927 , cf. FM 927 . ni ba saeib-riagail ua slat | re hae[i]nbliadain
adbathsat, MacCarthy 310 y ( BB 13b33 ), i.e. their death was
no unjust rule (fate, sentence) because of their raid?
(b) in concrete sense, a rule, measure, line : cid riagail
30focerta forsna traigthib sin, is ing ma 'dchotad ēgōir n-indib
`if a measure [carpenter's rule, Gloss.] were put on the feet ',
BDD 2 . co tairsedh riaghail dromann an sceith [na sciath
v.l.] for airenaigibh na cat[h] isin coir cetna doridhisi (i.e. the
front line of the battalions reformed in the same order as
35before), CCath. 5847 . Of a ruled line in a manuscript: dul tar
riagail (of a scribe), Flower Cat. 261 .

ríagalta adj io,iā. (a) bound by rule, regular ; in relig. lit. used of
the professed religious, cf. Med. Lat. regulares `monks'. cor
manaig riagalta, Laws v 356.12 , cf. FM ii 1180.3 . coimthionol
40bhan riaghalta, BNnÉ 165.3 . coimthinóil cananach riagalta
co n-apad, ALC i 142.3 . i naomhchuing riaghalta, TSh. 8678 .
Hence in wider sense religious, devout : easpag riaghalta
`lawful' (?), Arch. Hib. i 87 xx . áonneach . . . léur cosmhuil
bheith riaghalta, James i 26 . do dhaoinibh riághalta coig-
45críchthe religious proselytes , Acts xiii 43, cf. ib. 50 (in both
verses = σεβόμενος). gur bó riaghalta allastigh an tí Ruadhan,
óir ba hinfeich allastigh ┐ allamuigh inwardly devout (?), BNnÉ
328 § 59 (`well-proportioned' transl.; perh. a play on double
meaning of word; see follg.).
50(b) regular, according to standard : na canoin riaghalta gusin
ordanass mor `regular cannon and large ordnance', Fl. Earls
46.16 . See riagolda.

ríagaltacht n ā, f. (a) religious profession : drong dobheir iad féin
do riaghaltacht (= qui religioni se consecrant), Keat. i 58.74 .
55(b) regularity, conformity with standard : re riaghaltacht a
recht (of Ireland), MR 102.14 . (c) regulating, government :
nach ligim-se leó . . . an riaghaltacht, Hackett ii 2 .

ríaglach: ind do rēir r. ¤ ZCP vii 301 § 5 . Perhaps used here as gen.
of ríagal, q.v.

60 ríaglad u,m. (vn. of ríaglaid) regulating; ruling, controlling :
riaghladh fers (i.e. composing ), ZCP ix 173 § 23 . do bhí
Banbha gá riaghladh ag an ṅdroing-se being governed , Con-
tent. xxviii 40 . do riaghladh an láoi . . . do r. ¤ na hoidhche,
Gen. i 16 . bíaidh an ríaghladh air a ghualuinn government ,
65 Isa. ix 6 . do riaghladh ceindbeart fa chend adjusting , IGT
Dec. ex. 559 . In Mon. Tall. § 48 (145.5) : greim riaglad `the
rigour of the rule
', read riagla.

ríaglaid v ā. regulates, orders, arranges : is fria side [sc. gréin ┐
ésca] riagailter aimsir, Laws i 26.14 . ni ro riaglad acht tria
70nert it was settled only by force (of arms ), ZCP xii 378.11 . is
and do riaghladh in mberla-sa, Auraic. 1053 (of the
compilation of Gaelic from other languages). In sense of
computing or checking a calculation: deich ṁbliadna. is derb
duit cía no[s]-riagla, Trip. 530.21 ( LL 130b37 ). noí mbliadna,
75riaglom réil bla, LL 128a44 ( MacCarthy 174 § 2 ). riagla lat
sain, LL 185a45 ( Arch. Hib. ii 85 § 44 ). Intrans. rules, holds
sway : is tríomsa riaghluid prionnsadha, Prov. viii 16 ; xxii 7 .

ríaglaigid v g. = ríaglaid. naoi saoithe . . . lér riaghluigheadh
an seanchas, Keat. iii 476 (poem). vn. riaglúghadh mo
80dhaóine, Gen. xli 40 . Cf. bai Eíríu . . . gan righ riaglaigh
recht n-aínfhír, BB 37b14 (leg. riaglaighthe or riaglaidh g s.
vn.?). ar a chertriaglaigtib his strict rule of life , Caithr. Toird.
45.6 .

ríaglaigtheóir n i,m. a ruler : ríaghluightheóir ós cionn Israel,
85 1 Kings i 35 . Habakkuk i 14 .

ríaglán n o,m. (dim. of ríagal) a little or minor rule ? sesgach na
riaghlan barren (ignorant) of the rules (?), Tromd. Guaire 715 =
Oss. v 76.2 .