1. Proper noun.  (surname, patronymic) .
  2. Proper noun.  A diminutive of Lawrence.
  3. Proper noun.  (surname, topographic) , perhaps originally meaning someone who lives near a burial mound.
  4. Proper noun.  (Scotland) a conical hill.
  5. Proper noun.  (context, Judaism) the Torah.
  6. Proper noun.  (Christianity) a generic term which can refer to the Divine commandments (primarily the Decalogue), the Old Testament in general or, most specifically, the Torah.
  7. Noun.  (uncountable) The body of rules and standards issued by a government, or to be applied by courts and similar authorities.
  8. Noun.  A particular such rule.
  9. Noun.  (context, more generally) A written or understood rule that concerns behaviours and the appropriate consequences thereof. Laws are usually associated with mores.
  10. Noun.  (scientific, strictly) A well-established, observed physical characteristic or behavior of nature. The word is used to simply identify "what happens," without implying any explanatory mechanism or causation. Compare to theory.
  11. Noun.  (mathematics) A statement that is true under specified conditions.
  12. Noun.  A category of English "common law" petitions that request monetary relief, as opposed to relief in forms other than a monetary judgment; compare to "equity".
  13. Noun.  (cricket) One of the official rules of cricket as codified by the MCC.
  14. Noun.  (slang, uncountable) The police.
  15. Noun.  (fantasy) One of the two metaphysical forces of the world in some fantasy settings, as opposed to chaos.
  16. Noun.  (obsolete) a tumulus of stones.
  17. Noun.  (qualifier, Scottish and northern dialectal, archaic) a hill.

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