[[t]ˈɔr dər[/t]] n.
1) an authoritative direction or instruction; command
2) the disposition of things following one after another; succession or sequence:
alphabetical order[/ex]
3) a condition in which each thing is properly disposed with reference to other things and to its purpose; methodical or harmonious arrangement
4) formal disposition or array
5) proper, satisfactory, or working condition
6) state or condition generally:
in good working order[/ex]
7) conformity or obedience to law or established authority:
to maintain law and order[/ex]
8) customary mode of procedure; established practice or usage
9) the customary or prescribed mode of proceeding in debates, legislative bodies, meetings, etc.:
parliamentary rules of order[/ex]
10) prevailing course or arrangement of things; established system or regime:
The old order is changing[/ex]
11) a direction or commission to make, provide, or furnish something
12) a quantity of goods or items purchased or sold
13) a portion of food requested or served in a restaurant
14) math. Math.
a) degree, as in algebra
b) the number of rows or columns of a square matrix or determinant
c) the number of times a function has been differentiated to produce a given derivative:
a second-order derivative[/ex]
d) math. the highest derivative appearing in a given differential equation
e) the number of elements of a given group
15) a class, kind, or sort distinguished from others by character or rank:
talents of a high order[/ex]
16) bio Biol. the usual major subdivision of a class or subclass in the classification of organisms, consisting of one or more families
17) a rank or class of persons in a community
18) a group or body of persons of the same profession, occupation, or pursuits
19) rel a body or society of persons living by common consent under the same religious, moral, or social regulations
20) rel any of the degrees or grades of clerical office
Compare major order minor order
21) rel a monastic society or fraternity:
the Franciscan order[/ex]
22) rel any of the nine grades of angels in medieval angelology
Compare angel 1)
23) a written direction to pay money or deliver goods, given by a person legally entitled to dispose of it
24) archit.
a) an arrangement of columns with an entablature
b) any of five styles of column and entablature typical of classical architecture, including the Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, and Composite styles
25) rel orders, the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister
26) rel Usu., orders. the rite or sacrament of ordination
27) rel a prescribed form of religious service or of administration of a rite
28) a society or fraternity of knights, of combined military and monastic character, as the medieval Knights Templars
29) an organization or fraternal society in some way resembling the knightly orders
30) cvb (cap.)
a) a special honor or rank conferred by a sovereign upon a person for distinguished achievement
b) the insignia worn by such persons
31) to give an order or command to
32) to direct or command to go or come as specified:
She ordered them out of her house[/ex]
33) to direct to be made or supplied:
to order a copy of a book[/ex]
34) to prescribe
35) to regulate, conduct, or manage
36) to arrange methodically or suitably
37) math. Math. to arrange (the elements of a set) so that if one element precedes another, it cannot be preceded by the other or by elements that the other precedes
38) to ordain
39) to give an order or issue orders
Etymology: 1175–1225; ME ordre < OF < L ōrdinem, acc. of ōrdō row, rank syn: See direct

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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