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  1. or·der
  2. noun

    • 1. the arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other according to a particular sequence, pattern, or method:

      I filed the cards in alphabetical order
    • 2. a state in which everything is in its correct or appropriate place:

      she tried to put her shattered thoughts into some semblance of order
      Synonym : tidiness, neatness, orderliness, trimness, harmony, apple-pie order
    • 3. a state in which the laws and rules regulating the public behavior of members of a community are observed and authority is obeyed:

      the army was deployed to keep order
      Synonym : peace, control, lawful behavior, law and order, law, lawfulness, discipline, calm, quiet, peace and quiet, quietness, peacefulness, peaceableness, tranquility, serenity
    • 4. the prescribed or established procedure followed by a meeting, legislative assembly, debate, or court of law:

      the meeting was called to order Order!” Judge Lerner said over the din
    • 5. a stated form of liturgical service, or of administration of a rite or ceremony, prescribed by ecclesiastical authority.

    • 6. an authoritative command, direction, or instruction:

      he was not going to take orders from a mere administrator the skipper gave the order to abandon ship
    • 7. an oral or written request for something to be made, supplied, or served:

      the company has won an order for six tankers
    • 8. a thing made, supplied, or served as a result of an oral or written request:

      orders will be delivered the next business day
    • 9. a written direction of a court or judge:

      a judge's order forbidding the reporting of evidence
    • 10. a written direction to pay money or deliver property.

    • 11. a particular social, political, or economic system:

      if only the peasantry would rise up against the established order the social order of Britain
      Synonym : system, class system, hierarchy, pecking order, grouping, grading, ranking, scale
    • 12. a social class:

      the upper social orders
    • 13. a grade or rank in the Christian ministry, especially that of bishop, priest, or deacon.

    • 14. the rank or position of a member of the clergy or an ordained minister of a church:

      he took priest's orders
    • 15. any of the nine grades of angelic beings in the celestial hierarchy.

    • 16. a society of monks, priests, nuns, etc., living according to certain religious and social regulations and discipline and at least some of whose members take solemn vows:

      the Franciscan Order
    • 17. a society of knights bound by a common rule of life and having a combined military and monastic character:

      the Templars were also known as the Order of Christ
    • 18. an institution founded by a monarch for the purpose of conferring an honor or honors for merit on those appointed to it.

    • 19. the insignia worn by members of an order of honor or merit.

    • 20. a Masonic or similar fraternal organization.

    • 21. the quality, nature, or importance of something:

      with musical talent of this order, von Karajan would have been a phenomenon in any age
    • 22. the overall state or condition of something:

      the house had just been vacated and was in good order
    • 23. a principal taxonomic category that ranks below class and above family:

      the higher orders of insects
      Synonym : taxonomic group, class, subclass, family, species, breed, taxon
    • 24. any of the five classical styles of architecture (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, and Composite) based on the proportions of columns, amount of decoration, etc.

    • 25. any style or mode of architecture subject to uniform established proportions.

    • 26. equipment or uniform for a specified purpose or of a specified type:

      drill order
    • 27. the position in which a rifle is held after ordering arms.

    • 28. the degree of complexity of an equation, expression, etc., as denoted by an ordinal number.

    • 29. the number of differentiations required to reach the highest derivative in a differential equation.

    • 30. the number of elements in a finite group.

    • 31. the number of rows or columns in a square matrix.


  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: order, plural noun: orders

    • v.: verb: order, 3rd person present: orders, gerund or present participle: ordering, past tense: ordered, past participle: ordered

    • noun

      the arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other according to a particular sequence, pattern, or method:

      a state in which everything is in its correct or appropriate place:

    • verb

      give an authoritative instruction to do something:

      continually tell someone to do things in an overbearing way:

    • according to a particular sequence

      in the correct condition for operation or use

    • adjective

      relating to the simplest or most fundamental level of organization, experience, or analysis; primary or immediate:

      having an order of one, especially denoting mathematical equations involving only the first power of the independent variable or only the first derivative of a function:

    • noun

      an order or ruling governing the procedures of a society, council, or other deliberative body.

      a military order or ruling that is retained irrespective of changing conditions.

    • noun

      a new system, regime, or government:

      Hitler's planned reorganization of Europe under Nazi rule.

    • noun

      a rule or order issued by the president to an executive branch of the government and having the force of law.
    • noun

      a temporary court order issued to prohibit an individual from carrying out a particular action, especially approaching or contacting a specified person.
    • noun

      a court order instructing a person to desist from abusing or harassing the petitioner (usually a related person) for a fixed period:
    • noun

      an order whose columns extend through more than one story.
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