(often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
"the British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"
order, order of magnitude(noun)
a degree in a continuum of size or quantity
"it was on the order of a mile"; "an explosion of a low order of magnitude"
established customary state (especially of society)
"order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"
ordering, order, ordination(noun)
logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements
"we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"
a condition of regular or proper arrangement
"he put his desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"
decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript(noun)
a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
"a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
order, purchase order(noun)
a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities
"IBM received an order for a hundred computers"
club, social club, society, guild, gild, lodge, order(noun)
a formal association of people with similar interests
"he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
order, rules of order, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure(noun)
a body of rules followed by an assembly
Holy Order, Order(noun)
(usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy
"theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate Order"
order, monastic order(noun)
a group of person living under a religious rule
"the order of Saint Benedict"
(biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
a request for something to be made, supplied, or served
"I gave the waiter my order"; "the company's products were in such demand that they got more orders than their call center could handle"
(architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans
the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement
"there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"
order, tell, enjoin, say(verb)
give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
"I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
make a request for something
"Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage"
order, prescribe, dictate(verb)
issue commands or orders for
regulate, regularize, regularise, order, govern(verb)
bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
"We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"
bring order to or into
"Order these files"
place in a certain order
"order the photos chronologically"
ordain, consecrate, ordinate, order(verb)
appoint to a clerical posts
"he was ordained in the Church"
arrange, set up, put, order(verb)
arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events
"arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times"
rate, rank, range, order, grade, place(verb)
assign a rank or rating to
"how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
Arrangement, disposition, sequence.
The state of being well arranged.
A request for some product or service.
A group of religious adherents, especially monks or nuns, set apart within their religion by adherence to a particular rule or set of principles; as, the Jesuit Order.
A society of knights; as, the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Bath.
A decoration, awarded by a government, a dynastic house, or a religious body to an individual, usually for distinguished service to a nation or to humanity.
A rank in the classification of organisms, below class and above family; a taxon at that rank
Magnolias belong to the order Magnoliales.
The sequence in which a sideu2019s batsmen bat; the batting order.
To set in some sort of order.
To arrange, set in proper order.
To issue a command.
To request some product or service.
a power of polynomial function in an electronic circuitu2019s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
The overall power of the rate law of a chemical reaction, expressed as a polynomial function of concentrations of reactants and products.
The cardinality, or number of elements in a set or related structure.
The number of vertices in a graph
A partially ordered set.
The relation on a partially ordered set that determines that it in fact a partically ordered set.
The sum of the exponents on the variables in a monomial, or the highest such among all monomials in a polynomial.
Origin: From ordre, from ordre, ordne, ordene, from ordinem, accusative of ordo, from ored(h)-, of unknown origin. Related to ordior.
In scientific classification used in biology, the order is ⁕a taxonomic rank used in the classification of organisms. Other well-known ranks are life, domain, kingdom, phylum, class, family, genus, and species, with order fitting in between class and family. An immediately higher rank, superorder, may be added directly above order, while suborder would be a lower rank. ⁕a taxonomic unit, a taxon, in that rank. In that case the plural is orders. What does and does not belong to each order is determined by a taxonomist. Similarly for the question if a particular order should be recognized at all. Often there is no exact agreement, with different taxonomists each taking a different position. There are no hard rules that a taxonomist needs to follow in describing or recognizing an order. Some taxa are accepted almost universally, while others are recognised only rarely. For some groups of organisms, consistent suffixes are used to denote that the rank is an order. The Latin suffix -formes meaning "having the form of" is used for the scientific name of orders of birds and fishes, but not for those of mammals and invertebrates. The suffix -ales is for the name of orders of vascular plants.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
or′dėr, n. regular arrangement, method: degree, rank, or position: rule, regular system or government: command: a class, a society of persons of the same profession, &c.: a religious fraternity: a dignity conferred by a sovereign, &c., giving membership in a body, after the medieval orders of knighthood, also the distinctive insignia thereof: social rank generally: a number of genera having many important points in common: a commission to supply, purchase, or sell something: (archit.) one of the different ways in which the column, with its various parts and its entablature, are moulded and related to each other: due action towards some end, esp. in old phrase 'to take order:' the sacerdotal or clerical function: (pl.) the several degrees or grades of the Christian ministry.—v.t. to arrange: to conduct: to command.—v.i. to give command.—ns. Or′der-book, a book for entering the orders of customers, the special orders of a commanding officer, or, the motions to be put to the House of Commons; Or′derer; Or′dering, arrangement: management: the act or ceremony of ordaining, as priests or deacons.—adj. Or′derless, without order: disorderly.—n. Or′derliness.—adj. Or′derly, in good order: regular: well regulated: of good behaviour: quiet: being on duty.—adv. regularly: methodically.—n. a non-commissioned officer who carries official messages for his superior officer, formerly the first sergeant of a company.—adj. Or′dinate, in order: regular.—n. the distance of a point in a curve from a straight line, measured along another straight line at right angles to it—the distance of the point from the other of the two lines is called the abscissa, and the two lines are the axes of co-ordinates.—adv. Or′dinately.—Order-in-Council, a sovereign order given with advice of the Privy Council; Order-of-battle, the arrangement of troops or ships at the beginning of a battle; Order-of-the-day, in a legislative assembly, the business set down to be considered on any particular day: any duty assigned for a particular day.—Close order, the usual formation for soldiers in line or column, the ranks 16 inches apart, or for vessels two cables'-length (1440 ft.) apart—opp. to Extended order; Full orders, the priestly order; Minor orders, those of acolyte, exorcist, reader, and doorkeeper; Open order, a formation in which ships are four cables'-length (2880 ft.) apart; Sailing orders, written instructions given to the commander of a vessel before sailing; Sealed orders, such instructions as the foregoing, not to be opened until a certain specified time; Standing orders or rules, regulations for procedure adopted by a legislative assembly.—In order, and Out of order, in accordance with regular and established usage of procedure, in subject or way of presenting it before a legislative assembly, &c., or the opposite; In order to, for the end that; Take order (Shak.), to take measures. [Fr. ordre—L. ordo, -inis.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
A communication, written, oral, or by signal, which conveys instructions from a superior to a subordinate. (DOD only) In a broad sense, the terms
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'order' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #461
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'order' in Written Corpus Frequency: #745
Rank popularity for the word 'order' in Nouns Frequency: #121
Rank popularity for the word 'order' in Verbs Frequency: #280
The numerical value of order in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of order in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Law is order, and good law is good order.
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry that is prose words in their best order-poetry the best words in the best order.
The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and should have never been blocked to start with, this new order was tailored to the dictates of the 9th Circuit's -- in my opinion -- flawed ruling.
If there is light in the soul, There will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, There will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, There will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world.
With inflows of new orders slowing sharply, there's a good chance that production growth will deteriorate further in December, unless order book growth picks up, factories will inevitably soon turn to cutting jobs in order to bring capacity down in line with weaker demand.
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Translations for order
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- أمر, طَلَب, رتب, ترتيب, وسامArabic
- тәртип, бойороҡBashkir
- о́рдэн, пара́дакBelarusian
- ordre, orde, comandaCatalan, Valencian
- pořadí, řád, pořádek, uspořádaná množina, rozkaz, uspořádání, uspořádat, objednávka, rozkázat, objednat, povelCzech
- Order, Befehl, ordnen, anordnen, Orden, Ordnung, Bestellung, befehlen, Ordo, Ordnungszahl, bestellen, ordern, ReihenfolgeGerman
- σειρά, παραγγελία, τάγμα, τάξι, διαταγή, παραγγέλνωGreek
- ordeno, aranĝi, mendi, ordono, mendo, ordigi, ordoniEsperanto
- orden, mandato, arreglar, ordenar, mandar, pedir, pedidoSpanish
- korraldus, korrastama, järjestama, käskima, tellima, tellimus, orduEstonian
- چیدمان, فرمان, سفارش دادن, اُرد, دستور, فرمودن, سفارش, اردرPersian
- tilaus, veljeskunta, käskeä, ritarikunta, kunniamerkki, lahko, lyöntijärjestys, aste, järjestys, käsky, komento, järjestää, määrätä, tilataFinnish
- ordre, ranger, commander, relation d'ordre, degré, commandeFrench
- skiftWestern Frisian
- ordaigh, bailIrish
- òrdugh, òrdaichScottish Gaelic
- rend, rendelés, rendel, rendezés, parancs, rendez, elrendelHungarian
- հրաման, կարգ, պատվեր, շքանշանArmenian
- ordine, ordinarInterlingua
- aturan, perintah, ordo, memerintah, pesanan, mengatur, memesanIndonesian
- ættbálkur, panta, röð, pöntunIcelandic
- ordine, comando, ordinare, ordinazioneItalian
- 注文, 勲章, 命じる, 打順, 次, 位数, 順序, 秩序, 命令, 目Japanese
- 秩序, 주문, 注文, 질서, 명령, 命令, 훈장, 勳章Korean
- ēdictum, iubēre, ordinemLatin
- Uerder, bestellenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- pavēle, pavēlētLatvian
- ōta, raupapa, whakaraupapa, whakahau, tonoMāori
- ഉത്തരവ്, ആജ്ഞ, കൽപനMalayalam
- befale, beordreNorwegian
- order, ordenen, orde, bevelen, verordonneren, bevel, bestelling, bestellen, volgordeDutch
- beordre, befaleNorwegian Nynorsk
- orden, ordre, bestille, ordning, ordneNorwegian
- porządek, zakon, rozkaz, zamówienie, rządPolish
- encomenda, pedido, ordenar, ordem, pedir, encomendarPortuguese
- poruncă, ordin, rânduială, ordine, comandăRomanian
- поря́док, о́рдер, упорядочить, выстраивать, о́рден, отря́д, [[приводить]] [[в]] [[порядок]], заказать, [[привести]] [[в]] [[порядок]], заказывать, прика́з, зака́з, упорядочивать, сте́пень, выстроить, приказывать, приказатьRussian
- поредак, poredakSerbo-Croatian
- poriadok, objednávkaSlovak
- ukazati, ureditev, red, naročilo, naročiti, ukazSlovene
- befallning, order, beställning, beställa, ordna, ordning, ge order, orden, lägga en order, följdSwedish
- క్రమ పద్ధతి, ఆదేశము, వరుస, అమరిక, క్రమము, అమర్చు, ఆదేశించుTelugu
- emir, sipariş, düzen, takım, dereceTurkish
- о́рден, поря́док, порядокUkrainian
- تنظیم, منگانا, طلب کرنا, ترتیب, منظم, حکمUrdu
- gọi mónVietnamese
- khuza, biza, odaZulu
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