What does Order mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term Order:

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"


  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 side's 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 circuit's 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Order

    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

  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

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. order

    This term, considered in its relation to the army, embraces divers subjects. It gives an idea of harmony in the accomplishment of duties; a classification of corps or men; injunctions emanating from authority; measures which regulate service, and many tactical details. In tactics, the natural order is when troops coming upon ordinary ground are ranged in line of battle by the prescribed tactical means, and when they are formed in column, right in front. The oblique order is contradistinguished from the parallel, and in general means every tactical combination, the aim of which is to produce an effect upon two points of an enemy’s line by bringing a superior force to bear down on these two points. Such combinations constitute the oblique order, whatever manœuvres may be used to accomplish the object. The parallel order operates, on the contrary, against the whole front of an enemy. Turenne and Condé fought habitually in parallel order, although they sometimes made a skillful use of oblique attacks. Guibert well says that a contiguous and regular parallel order can be of no use in war.

Editors Contribution

  1. order

    To create a logical, perfect step-by-step process or structure.

    They analyzed the system and put it in a different order.

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

How to pronounce Order?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Order in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Order in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Order in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Order in a Sentence

  1. Atlas Obscura:

    Law Order SVU.

  2. Paul Gauguin:

    I shut my eyes in order to see.

  3. Chief Executive Joe Kaeser:

    Disorder is the new world order.

  4. Adan Riaz:

    Dearness is the order of the day

  5. Eric Garcetti:

    Stay away until we lift that order.

Images & Illustrations of Order

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