- The definition of an order is a position, rank or arrangement of people or things.
- An example of order is people being served food according to when they arrived in a restaurant.
- An example of order is the names of fruit being listed by where their first letter occurs in the alphabet.
- Order is a state of peace or things being in the right place.
An example of order is the feeling in a child's room when all the toys are put away.
- Order is defined as to organize or arrange people or things or command or ask someone to do something.
- An example of order is lining people up by their height.
- An example of order is asking for menu items at a restaurant.
A waiter assists a couple with their restaurant order.
- social position; rank in the community
- a state of peace and serenity; observance of the law; orderly conduct
- the sequence or arrangement of things or events; series; succession
- a fixed or definite plan; system; law of arrangement
- a group or class of persons set off from others by some trait or quality
- a group of persons constituting an association formed for some special purpose: the Order of Knights Templars
- a community of monks, nuns, etc. following a rule: the Benedictine order
- a group of persons distinguished by having received a certain award or citation, as for outstanding service to a state: the Order of the Garter
- the insignia of such a group
- a state or condition in which everything is in its right place and functioning properly
- condition or state in general: not in working order
- a command, direction, or instruction, usually backed by authority
- a distinctive group; class; kind; sort: sentiments of a high order
- an established method or system, as of conduct or action in meetings, worship, court, etc.
- a request or commission to make or supply something: an order for merchandise or services
- the goods so made or supplied: to deliver a grocery order
- ☆ a single portion of some food, as served in a restaurant: an order of cole slaw
- any of several classical styles of structure, determined chiefly by the type of column and entablature
- a style of building
- Biol. a major category in the classification of animals, plants, etc., ranking above a family and below a class: it can include one family or many similar families: the Latinized order names are capitalized but not italicized (Ex.: Fabales, legumes)
- written instructions to pay money or surrender property
- a formal demand for payment, as by the endorsement and presentment of a negotiable instrument by its specified payee
- Gram. the arrangement or sequence of elements within a grammatical unit
- Law a direction or command of a court, judge, public body, etc.
- a whole number describing the degree or stage of complexity of an algebraic expression
- an established sequence of numbers, letters, events, units, etc.
- the number of elements in a given group
- the number of rows or columns in a determinant or matrix
- any of the nine ranks or grades of angels
- any rank or grade in the Christian clergy
- the position of ordained minister, priest, etc.
- ordination, as of a minister or priest
- holy orders
Origin of orderOld French ordre ; from Classical Latin ordo (gen. ordinis), straight row, regular series, akin to ordiri, to lay the warp, hence begin, set in order, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ar-, to join, fit from source arm, art
- to put or keep in order; organize; arrange
- to instruct to do something; give an order to; command
- to command (someone) to go to or from a specified place: to order him out of the house
- to request or direct that (something) be supplied, done, carried out, etc.: to order merchandise, to order a hearing
- Eccles., Archaic to ordain (a priest, etc.)
- to give a command
- to request that something be supplied
by order of
call to order
in (or out of) order
- in (or not in) proper sequence or position
- in (or not in) good condition
- in (or not in) accordance with the rules, as of parliamentary procedure
- ☆ being (or not being) suitable to the occasion
in order that
in order to
in short order
on the order of
- somewhat resembling; similar to
- approximately; roughly
- A condition of logical or comprehensible arrangement among the separate elements of a group.
- a. A condition of methodical or prescribed arrangement among component parts such that proper functioning or appearance is achieved: checked to see that the shipping department was in order.b. Condition or state in general: The escalator is in good working order.
- a. The established system of social organization: “Every revolution exaggerates the evils of the old order” (C. Wright Mills).b. A condition in which freedom from disorder or disruption is maintained through respect for established authority: finally restored order in the rebellious provinces.
- A sequence or arrangement of successive things: changed the order of the files.
- The prescribed form or customary procedure, as in a meeting or court of law: The bailiff called the court to order.
- An authoritative indication to be obeyed; a command or direction.
- a. A command given by a superior military officer requiring obedience, as in the execution of a task.b. orders Formal written instructions to report for military duty at a specified time and place.
- a. A commission or instruction to buy, sell, or supply something.b. That which is supplied, bought, or sold.
- a. A request made by a customer at a restaurant for a portion of food.b. The food requested.
- Law A directive or command of a court.
- Ecclesiastical a. Any of several grades of the Christian ministry: the order of priesthood.b. often orders The rank of an ordained Christian minister or priest.c. often orders The sacrament or rite of ordination.
- Any of the nine grades or choirs of angels.
- A group of persons living under a religious rule: Order of Saint Benedict.
- An organization of people united by a common fraternal bond or social aim.
- a. A group of people upon whom a government or sovereign has formally conferred honor for unusual service or merit, entitling them to wear a special insignia: the Order of the Garter.b. The insignia worn by such people.
- often orders A social class: the lower orders.
- A class defined by the common attributes of its members; a kind.
- Degree of quality or importance; rank: poetry of a high order.
- Architecture a. Any of several styles of classical architecture characterized by the type of column and entablature employed. Of the five generally accepted classical orders, the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders are Greek and the Tuscan and Composite orders are Roman.b. A style of building: a cathedral of the Gothic order.
- Biology A taxonomic category of organisms ranking above a family and below a class.
- 21. Mathematics a. The sum of the exponents to which the variables in a term are raised; degree.b. An indicated number of successive differentiations to be performed.c. The number of elements in a finite group.d. The number of rows or columns in a determinant or matrix.
verbor·dered, or·der·ing, or·ders
- a. To issue a command or instruction to: ordered the sailors to stow their gear.b. To direct to proceed as specified: ordered the intruders off the property.
- a. To give a command or instruction for: The judge ordered a recount of the ballots.b. To request to be supplied with: order eggs and bacon for breakfast.
- To put into a methodical, systematic arrangement: ordered the books on the shelf. See Synonyms at arrange.
- To predestine; ordain.
Origin of orderMiddle English ordre, from Old French, variant of ordene, from Latin ōrdō, ōrdin-; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural orders)
- (uncountable) Arrangement, disposition, sequence.
- (uncountable) The state of being well arranged.
- The house is in order; the machinery is out of order.
- Conformity with law or decorum; freedom from disturbance; general tranquillity; public quiet.
- to preserve order in a community or an assembly
- (countable) A command.
- (countable) A request for some product or service; a commission to purchase, sell, or supply goods.
- (countable) 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.
- (countable) A society of knights; as, the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Bath.
- (countable) 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.
- (countable, biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below class and above family; a taxon at that rank.
- Magnolias belong to the order Magnoliales.
- A number of things or persons arranged in a fixed or suitable place, or relative position; a rank; a row; a grade; especially, a rank or class in society; a distinct character, kind, or sort.
- the higher or lower orders of society
- talent of a high order
- An ecclesiastical grade or rank, as of deacon, priest, or bishop; the office of the Christian ministry; often used in the plural.
- to take orders, or to take holy orders, that is, to enter some grade of the ministry
- (architecture) The disposition of a column and its component parts, and of the entablature resting upon it, in classical architecture; hence (as the column and entablature are the characteristic features of classical architecture) a style or manner of architectural designing.
- (cricket) The sequence in which a side’s batsmen bat; the batting order.
- (electronics) a power of polynomial function in an electronic circuit’s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
- a 3-stage cascade of a 2nd-order bandpass Butterworth filter.
- (chemistry) The overall power of the rate law of a chemical reaction, expressed as a polynomial function of concentrations of reactants and products.
- (mathematics) The cardinality, or number of elements in a set or related structure.
- (graph theory) The number of vertices in a graph.
- (order theory) A partially ordered set.
- (order theory) The relation on a partially ordered set that determines that it in fact a partically ordered set.
- (mathematics) The sum of the exponents on the variables in a monomial, or the highest such among all monomials in a polynomial.
(third-person singular simple present orders, present participle ordering, simple past and past participle ordered)
- To set in some sort of order.
- To arrange, set in proper order.
- To issue a command to.
- to order troops to advance
- To request some product or service; to secure by placing an order.
- to order groceries
- To admit to holy orders; to ordain; to receive into the ranks of the ministry.
From Middle English ordre, from Old French ordre, ordne, ordene (“order, rank”), from Latin ōrdinem, accusative of ōrdō (“row, rank, regular arrangement”, literally “row of threads in a loom”), from Proto-Italic *ored(h)- (“to arrange”), of unknown origin. Related to Latin ōrdior (“begin”, literally “begin to weave”).
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