Definitions for orderˈɔr dər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an authoritative direction or instruction; command.
the disposition of things following one after another; succession or sequence:
a condition in which each thing is properly disposed with reference to other things and to its purpose; methodical or harmonious arrangement.
formal disposition or array.
proper, satisfactory, or working condition.
state or condition generally:
in good working order.
conformity or obedience to law or established authority:
to maintain law and order.
customary mode of procedure; established practice or usage.
the customary or prescribed mode of proceeding in debates, legislative bodies, meetings, etc.:
parliamentary rules of order.
prevailing course or arrangement of things; established system or regime:
The old order is changing.
a direction or commission to make, provide, or furnish something.
a quantity of goods or items purchased or sold.
a portion of food requested or served in a restaurant.
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.
a class, kind, or sort distinguished from others by character or rank:
talents of a high order.
Biol. the usual major subdivision of a class or subclass in the classification of organisms, consisting of one or more families.
a rank or class of persons in a community.
a group or body of persons of the same profession, occupation, or pursuits.
a body or society of persons living by common consent under the same religious, moral, or social regulations.
any of the degrees or grades of clerical office.
Ref: Compare major order, minor order.
a monastic society or fraternity:
the Franciscan order.
any of the nine grades of angels in medieval angelology.
Ref: Compare angel (def. 1). 1 1
a written direction to pay money or deliver goods, given by a person legally entitled to dispose of it.
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.
orders, the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister.
Usu., orders. the rite or sacrament of ordination.
a prescribed form of religious service or of administration of a rite.
a society or fraternity of knights, of combined military and monastic character, as the medieval Knights Templars.
an organization or fraternal society in some way resembling the knightly orders.
(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
(v.t.)to give an order or command to.
to direct or command to go or come as specified:
She ordered them out of her house.
to direct to be made or supplied:
to order a copy of a book.
to regulate, conduct, or manage.
to arrange methodically or suitably.
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.
(v.i.)to give an order or issue orders.
Idioms for order:
call to order,to begin (a meeting).
in order, rightful and proper; appropriate:
An apology is certainly in order.
in order that,so that; to the end that.
in order to,as a means to; with the purpose of.
on order,ordered but not yet received.
on the order of, resembling to some extent; like. approximately; about.
out of order, not in correct sequence or arrangement. not operating properly; in disrepair.
to order,according to the purchaser's requirements or stipulations.
* Syn: See direct.
Origin of order:
1175–1225; ME ordre < OF < L ōrdinem, acc. of ōrdō row, rank
(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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the way things are arranged
numerical/alphabetical order; Put them in order from shortest to tallest.
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.
when a situation is well organized
How do you keep order with a class of more than 40 children?
a statement that you are expected to obey
The sergeant gave the order.; soldiers following/obeying orders
correct according to rules or laws
Everything seems to be in order.
He yelled and waved his arms in order to get her attention.; In order for us to operate, the patient must lose weight.
(of a machine) broken, not working
Out of order - do not use.
(of sb's behavior) not acceptable
to tell sb what they must do
The general ordered his men to retreat.
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.
to arrange sth in a particular order
We ordered the letters by date.
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.
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
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.
- ordemPortuguese (BR)
- směrnice; rozkazCzech
- die AnordnungGerman
- ordre; befalingDanish
- parancs, utasításHungarian
- įsakymas, nurodymasLithuanian
- pavēle; norādījumsLatvian
- ordre, befalingNorwegian
- rozkaz, poleceniePolish
- приказ, распоряжениеRussian
- rozkaz; nariadenieSlovak
- order, befallningSwedish
- emir, talimatTurkish
- 命令Chinese (Trad.)
- наказ, розпорядженняUkrainian
- chỉ thịVietnamese
- 命令Chinese (Simp.)
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