Definitions for orderˈɔr dər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•der*ˈɔr dər(n.)

  1. an authoritative direction or instruction; command.

  2. the disposition of things following one after another; succession or sequence:

    alphabetical order.

  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.

  7. conformity or obedience to law or established authority:

    to maintain law and order.

  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.

  10. prevailing course or arrangement of things; established system or regime:

    The old order is changing.

  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. degree, as in algebra. the number of rows or columns of a square matrix or determinant. the number of times a function has been differentiated to produce a given derivative: the highest derivative appearing in a given differential equation. the number of elements of a given group.

    a second-order derivative.

    Category: Math

  15. a class, kind, or sort distinguished from others by character or rank:

    talents of a high order.

  16. Biol. the usual major subdivision of a class or subclass in the classification of organisms, consisting of one or more families.

    Category: Biology

  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. a body or society of persons living by common consent under the same religious, moral, or social regulations.

    Category: Religion

  20. any of the degrees or grades of clerical office.

    Category: Religion

    Ref: Compare major order, minor order.

  21. a monastic society or fraternity:

    the Franciscan order.

    Category: Religion

  22. any of the nine grades of angels in medieval angelology.

    Category: Religion

    Ref: Compare angel (def. 1). 1 1

  23. a written direction to pay money or deliver goods, given by a person legally entitled to dispose of it.

  24. Archit. an arrangement of columns with an entablature. any of five styles of column and entablature typical of classical architecture, including the Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, and Composite styles.

    Category: Architecture

  25. orders, the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister.

    Category: Religion

  26. Usu., orders. the rite or sacrament of ordination.

    Category: Religion

  27. a prescribed form of religious service or of administration of a rite.

    Category: Religion

  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. (cap.) a special honor or rank conferred by a sovereign upon a person for distinguished achievement. the insignia worn by such persons.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  31. (v.t.)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.

  33. to direct to be made or supplied:

    to order a copy of a book.

  34. to prescribe.

  35. to regulate, conduct, or manage.

  36. to arrange methodically or suitably.

  37. 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.

    Category: Math

  38. to ordain.

  39. (v.i.)to give an order or issue orders.

Idioms for order:

  1. call to order,to begin (a meeting).

    Category: Idiom

  2. in order, rightful and proper; appropriate:

    An apology is certainly in order.

    Category: Idiom

  3. in order that,so that; to the end that.

    Category: Idiom

  4. in order to,as a means to; with the purpose of.

    Category: Idiom

  5. on order,ordered but not yet received.

    Category: Idiom

  6. on the order of, resembling to some extent; like. approximately; about.

    Category: Idiom

  7. out of order, not in correct sequence or arrangement. not operating properly; in disrepair.

    Category: Idiom

  8. to order,according to the purchaser's requirements or stipulations.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See direct.

Origin of order:

1175–1225; ME ordre < OF < L ōrdinem, acc. of ōrdō row, rank

Princeton's WordNet

  1. order(noun)

    (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"

  2. 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"

  3. order(noun)

    established customary state (especially of society)

    "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"

  4. ordering, order, ordination(noun)

    logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements

    "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"

  5. orderliness, order(noun)

    a condition of regular or proper arrangement

    "he put his desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"

  6. 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"

  7. 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"

  8. 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"

  9. order, rules of order, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure(noun)

    a body of rules followed by an assembly

  10. 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"

  11. order, monastic order(noun)

    a group of person living under a religious rule

    "the order of Saint Benedict"

  12. order(noun)

    (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families

  13. order(noun)

    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"

  14. order(noun)

    (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

  15. order, ordering(verb)

    the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement

    "there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"

  16. 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"

  17. order(verb)

    make a request for something

    "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage"

  18. order, prescribe, dictate(verb)

    issue commands or orders for

  19. 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"

  20. order(verb)

    bring order to or into

    "Order these files"

  21. order(verb)

    place in a certain order

    "order the photos chronologically"

  22. ordain, consecrate, ordinate, order(verb)

    appoint to a clerical posts

    "he was ordained in the Church"

  23. 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"

  24. 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. order(noun)ˈɔrdɚ

    the way things are arranged

    numerical/alphabetical order; Put them in order from shortest to tallest.

  2. orderˈɔrdɚ

    a request saying what you would like to buy

    The waiter came to take their order.; I put in an order for 10 new laptops.

  3. orderˈɔrdɚ

    when a situation is well organized

    How do you keep order with a class of more than 40 children?

  4. orderˈɔrdɚ

    a statement that you are expected to obey

    The sergeant gave the order.; soldiers following/obeying orders

  5. orderˈɔrdɚ

    correct according to rules or laws

    Everything seems to be in order.

  6. orderˈɔrdɚ

    so that

    He yelled and waved his arms in order to get her attention.; In order for us to operate, the patient must lose weight.

  7. orderˈɔrdɚ

    (of a machine) broken, not working

    Out of order - do not use.

  8. orderˈɔrdɚ

    (of sb's behavior) not acceptable

  9. order(verb)ˈɔrdɚ

    to tell sb what they must do

    The general ordered his men to retreat.

  10. orderˈɔrdɚ

    to request that sth such as food or goods be brought or sent to you

    We told the waitress we needed to order.; I ordered a new table for the dining room.

  11. orderˈɔrdɚ

    to arrange sth in a particular order

    We ordered the letters by date.


  1. order(Noun)

    Arrangement, disposition, sequence.

  2. order(Noun)

    The state of being well arranged.

  3. order(Noun)

    A command.

  4. order(Noun)

    A request for some product or service.

  5. order(Noun)

    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.

  6. order(Noun)

    A society of knights; as, the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Bath.

  7. order(Noun)

    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.

  8. order(Noun)

    A rank in the classification of organisms, below class and above family; a taxon at that rank

    Magnolias belong to the order Magnoliales.

  9. order(Noun)

    The sequence in which a sideu2019s batsmen bat; the batting order.

  10. order(Verb)

    To set in some sort of order.

  11. order(Verb)

    To arrange, set in proper order.

  12. order(Verb)

    To issue a command.

  13. order(Verb)

    To request some product or service.

  14. order(Noun)

    a power of polynomial function in an electronic circuitu2019s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.

  15. order(Noun)

    The overall power of the rate law of a chemical reaction, expressed as a polynomial function of concentrations of reactants and products.

  16. order(Noun)

    The cardinality, or number of elements in a set or related structure.

  17. order(Noun)

    The number of vertices in a graph

  18. order(Noun)

    A partially ordered set.

  19. order(Noun)

    The relation on a partially ordered set that determines that it in fact a partically ordered set.

  20. order(Noun)

    The sum of the exponents on the variables in a monomial, or the highest such among all monomials in a polynomial.

  21. Origin: From ordre, from ordre, ordne, ordene, from ordinem, accusative of ordo, from ored(h)-, of unknown origin. Related to ordior.


  1. Order

    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.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. order

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'order' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #461

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'order' in Written Corpus Frequency: #745

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'order' in Nouns Frequency: #121

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'order' in Verbs Frequency: #280

Anagrams of order

  1. derro

Translations for order

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a statement (by a person in authority) of what someone must do; a command

He gave me my orders.

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