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Definitions of order

  1. arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events, etc.; " arrange my schedule"; " set up one's life"; " I put these memories with those of bygone times"
  2. appoint to a clerical posts; " he was ordained in the Church"
  3. 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"
  4. bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; " We cannot regulate the way people dress"; " This town likes to regulate"
  5. ( architecture) one of the three styles of Greek architecture ( or a style developed from the original three by the Romans)
  6. 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"
  7. a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment; " IBM received an order for a hundred computers"
  8. a body of rules followed by an assembly
  9. ( 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"
  10. a request for food or refreshment ( as served in a restaurant or bar etc.); " I gave the waiter my order"
  11. ( biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
  12. logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements; " we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"
  13. a condition of regular or proper arrangement; " he put his desk in order"; " the machine is now in working order"
  14. assign a rank or rating to; " how would you rank these students?"; " The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
  15. ( architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans
  16. 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"
  17. ( 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"
  18. established customary state ( especially of society); " order ruled in the streets"; " law and order"
  19. place in a certain order; " order these files"
  20. bring order to or into; " Order these files"
  21. make a request for something; " Order me some flowers"; " order a work stoppage"
  22. 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"
  23. Regular arrangement; any methodical or established succession or harmonious relation; method; system
  24. Of intellectual notions or ideas, like the topics of a discource.
  25. Of periods of time or occurrences, and the like.
  26. Right arrangement; a normal, correct, or fit condition; as, the house is in order; the machinery is out of order.
  27. The customary mode of procedure; established system, as in the conduct of debates or the transaction of business; usage; custom; fashion.
  28. Conformity with law or decorum; freedom from disturbance; general tranquillity; public quiet; as, to preserve order in a community or an assembly.
  29. That which prescribes a method of procedure; a rule or regulation made by competent authority; as, the rules and orders of the senate.
  30. A command; a mandate; a precept; a direction.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. An assemblage of genera having certain important characters in common; as, the Carnivora and Insectivora are orders of Mammalia.
  36. The placing of words and members in a sentence in such a manner as to contribute to force and beauty or clearness of expression.
  37. Rank; degree; thus, the order of a curve or surface is the same as the degree of its equation.
  38. 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.
  39. To give an order to; to command; as, to order troops to advance.
  40. To give an order for; to secure by an order; as, to order a carriage; to order groceries.
  41. To admit to holy orders; to ordain; to receive into the ranks of the ministry.
  42. To give orders; to issue commands.
  43. A decision issued by a court. It can be a simple command-- for example, ordering a recalcitrant witness to answer a proper question-- or it can be a complicated and reasoned decision made after a hearing, directing that a party either do or refrain from some act. For example, following a hearing, the court may order that evidence gathered by the police not be introduced at trial; or a judge may issue a temporary restraining order. This term usually does not describe the final decision in a case, which most often is called a judgment.
  44. 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 of the Bath; the Franciscan order.
  45. 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.
  46. Method or state of regular arrangement; settled way of doing something; as, an order of worship; right working condition; as, the machine is in good order; rule; regulation; command; as, to issue or obey an order; class; as, an order of plants; rank; as, the order of nobility; a religious fraternity; as, an order of monks; public quiet or observance of law; as, order in the streets; a commission for something; as, an order for groceries: holy orders, the three orders ( bishop, priest, deacon), of the Christian ministry.
  47. To regulate or manage; command; conduct; direct; to give a command for.
  48. To give a command or order.
  49. Orderliness.
  50. In zoological classification, the division just below the class ( or subclass) and above the family; denoted by the termination - idia.
  51. A group; a genus.
  52. Regular arrangement: method: proper state: rule: regular government: command: a class: a society of persons: a religious fraternity: a scientific division of objects: ( arch.) a system of the parts of columns:- pl. the Christian ministry.
  53. To arrange: to conduct: to command.
  54. To give command.
  55. Regular arrangement; quiet; rule; command; a class or society.
  56. To arrange; command.
  57. To command; put in order; regulate.
  58. Methodical arrangement; tranquillity; settled rule; working condition.
  59. A command; usage.
  60. A class, as of society; a group superior to a genus.
  61. An honor conferred.
  62. The clerical office.
  63. A style of architecture.
  64. Regular or methodical arrangement; proper state; adherence to rule laid down; settled mode of proceeding or working; regularity; mandate; regulation; rank; class; division of men; a religious fraternity; care; a division intermediate between a class and a family; a system of several members, ornaments, and proportions of columns and pilasters, as the Tuscan, Doric, Ionie, Corinthian, and Composite.
  65. To regulate; to methodize; to conduct; to command; to manage.
  66. To give command. Order of battle, the arrangement and disposition of the different parts of an army for action. Regimental orders, such orders as proceed immediately from a commanding officer for the observance of the regiment. Holy orders, the Christian ministry. Order of the day, prearranged order of business. To take orders, to be ordained.
  67. Of material things, like the books in a library.
  68. Methodical arrangement; regularity; established method or process; proper state; a law; a command; rank or class; a society or fraternity; a division of animals or plants between class and genus; in arch., one of the five principal methods employed by the ancients in constructing and ornamenting the columns of an edifice- these were the Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite.
  69. Orders, or holy orders, in the Episcopal Ch., the three orders of the Christian ministry, but usually understood as applying to deacons and priests.
  70. To regulate; to direct or command; to manage; to give directions to.
  71. Any group of organisms closely allied, ranking between the family and the class.
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Usage examples for order

  1. It is my opinion, for instance, that he wrote his book in order to make a beginning with the ladies. – Tommy and Grizel by J.M. Barrie
  2. Once or twice, Susannah had to excuse herself in order to go on with her work. – Out of the Air by Inez Haynes Irwin
  3. After dinner my wife took leave of them in order to her going to- morrow to Huntsmore. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  4. It is against good order for a man to think for himself. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  5. Then came the order, " Forward!" – The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne
  6. To be serious though- and out of order, I guess- anything in Tiger's message that I should know? – Dave Dawson at Casablanca by Robert Sydney Bowen
  7. How can you be strange to order? – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  8. But- in right of law and order, I must know more about this! – The Dew of Their Youth by S. R. Crockett
  9. Who are you, to order me about? – Rossmoyne by Unknown
  10. To keep order, and make sure that nothing goes in or out that has no business to do it. – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  11. In order that every one might see, he did these things in front of him, behind him, to the right and to the left. – The City Curious by Jean de Bosschère
  12. Well, order a carriage for me, and I will put on my things. – Sisters by Ada Cambridge
  13. Sit here and I will order something for you. – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop by Hamlin Garland
  14. And that order is what?" – The-Burgess-Animal-Book-for-Children by Burgess, Thornton W. (Thornton Waldo)
  15. In short, he tells him all the things a man has to pay attention to in order to succeed here in high life. – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  16. Leave him alone until you have an order. – Breaking Point by James E. Gunn
  17. Didn't his coming put you in order too? – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  18. Therefore I said that I had put her from my mind in order that she might go on living." – The Virgin of the Sun by H. R. Haggard
  19. Some one on the other side asked: " What is the order? – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson
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