"order" Definition

  1. n. Regular arrangement; any methodical or established succession or harmonious relation; method; system
  2. n. Of material things, like the books in a library.
  3. n. Of intellectual notions or ideas, like the topics of a discource.
  4. n. Of periods of time or occurrences, and the like.
  5. n. Right arrangement; a normal, correct, or fit condition; as, the house is in order; the machinery is out of order.
  6. n. The customary mode of procedure; established system, as in the conduct of debates or the transaction of business; usage; custom; fashion.
  7. n. Conformity with law or decorum; freedom from disturbance; general tranquillity; public quiet; as, to preserve order in a community or an assembly.
  8. n. That which prescribes a method of procedure; a rule or regulation made by competent authority; as, the rules and orders of the senate.
  9. n. A command; a mandate; a precept; a direction.
  10. n. Hence: A commission to purchase, sell, or supply goods; a direction, in writing, to pay money, to furnish supplies, to admit to a building, a place of entertainment, or the like; as, orders for blankets are large.
  11. n. 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 group or division of men in the same social or other position; also, a distinct character, kind, or sort; as, the higher or lower orders of society; talent of a high order.
  12. n. A body of persons having some common honorary distinction or rule of obligation; esp., a body of religious persons or aggregate of convents living under a common rule; as, the Order of the Bath; the Franciscan order.
  13. n. An ecclesiastical grade or rank, as of deacon, priest, or bishop; the office of the Christian ministry; -- often used in the plural; as, to take orders, or to take holy orders, that is, to enter some grade of the ministry.
  14. n. 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.
  15. n. An assemblage of genera having certain important characters in common; as, the Carnivora and Insectivora are orders of Mammalia.
  16. n. The placing of words and members in a sentence in such a manner as to contribute to force and beauty or clearness of expression.
  17. n. Rank; degree; thus, the order of a curve or surface is the same as the degree of its equation.
  18. n. To put in order; to reduce to a methodical arrangement; to arrange in a series, or with reference to an end. Hence, to regulate; to dispose; to direct; to rule.
  19. n. To give an order to; to command; as, to order troops to advance.
  20. n. To give an order for; to secure by an order; as, to order a carriage; to order groceries.
  21. n. To admit to holy orders; to ordain; to receive into the ranks of the ministry.
  22. v. i. To give orders; to issue commands.

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Words that start with "order": 9
Words that end with "order": 15
Words that contain "order": 36
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English Dictionary Definition of order

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