What does law mean?

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  1. The body of binding rules and regulations, customs, and standards established in a community by its legislative and judicial authorities.
    1. The body of such rules that pertain to a particular topic.
    2. Common law, as contrasted with equity.
  2. A binding regulation or custom established in a community in this way.
  3. (more generally) A rule, such as:
    1. Any rule that must or should be obeyed, concerning behaviours and their consequences. (Compare mores.)
    2. A rule or principle regarding the construction of language or art.
    3. A statement (in physics, etc) of an (observed, established) order or sequence or relationship of phenomena which is invariable under certain conditions. (Compare theory.)
    4. (mathematics) A statement (of relation) that is true under specified conditions; a mathematical or logical rule.
    5. Any statement of the relation of acts and conditions to their consequences.
    6. (cricket) One of the official rules of cricket as codified by the its (former) governing body, the MCC.
  4. The control and order brought about by the observance of such rules.
  5. (uncountable, informal) A person or group that act(s) with authority to uphold such rules and order (for example, one or more police officers).
  6. The profession that deals with such rules (as lawyers, judges, police officers, etc).
  7. Jurisprudence, the field of knowledge which encompasses these rules.
  8. Litigation, legal action (as a means of maintaining or restoring order, redressing wrongs, etc).
  9. (now uncommon) An allowance of distance or time (a head start) given to a weaker (human or animal) competitor in a race, to make the race more fair.
  10. (fantasy) One of two metaphysical forces ruling the world in some fantasy settings, also called order, and opposed to chaos.
  11. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) An oath, as in the presence of a court. See wager of law.
  1. (transitive) To prosecute or sue (someone), to litigate.
  2. (nonstandard) To rule over (with a certain effect) by law.
  1. (obsolete) A tumulus of stones.
  2. (Scotland and Northern England, archaic) A hill.
  1. (dated) An exclamation of mild surprise; lawks.
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