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1the 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 a state in which everything is in its correct or appropriate place:she tried to put her shattered thoughts into some semblance of order 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 [with adjective] the overall state or condition of something:the house had just been vacated and was in good order a particular social, political, or economic system:if only the peasantry would rise up against the established order the social order of Britain the prescribed or established procedure followed by a meeting, legislative assembly, debate, or court of law:the meeting was called to order a stated form of liturgical service, or of administration of a rite or ceremony, prescribed by ecclesiastical authority. 2an authoritative command, direction, or instruction:he was not going to take orders from a mere administrator [with infinitive]:the skipper gave the order to abandon ship an oral or written request for something to be made, supplied, or served:the company has won an order for six tankers a thing made, supplied, or served as a result of an oral or written request:orders will be delivered the next business day a written direction of a court or judge:a judge’s order forbidding the reporting of evidence a written direction to pay money or deliver property. 3
) a social class:the upper social orders
Biology a principal taxonomic category that ranks below class and above family. a grade or rank in the Christian ministry, especially that of bishop, priest, or deacon.
) the rank or position of a member of the clergy or an ordained minister of a church:he took priest’s ordersSee also holy orders.
Theology any of the nine grades of angelic beings in the celestial hierarchy. 4 (also Order) 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 historical a society of knights bound by a common rule of life and having a combined military and monastic character. an institution founded by a monarch for the purpose of conferring an honor or honors for merit on those appointed to it. the insignia worn by members of an order of honor or merit. a Masonic or similar fraternal organization. 5 [in singular] used to describe the quality, nature, or importance of something:with musical talent of this order, von Karajan would have been a phenomenon in any age 6any of the five classical styles of architecture (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, and Composite) based on the proportions of columns, amount of decoration, etc.. any style or mode of architecture subject to uniform established proportions. 7 [with modifier] Military equipment or uniform for a specified purpose or of a specified type:drill order
) the position in which a rifle is held after ordering arms. See below.
8 Mathematics the degree of complexity of an equation, expression, etc., as denoted by an ordinal number. the number of differentiations required to reach the highest derivative in a differential equation. the number of elements in a finite group. the number of rows or columns in a square matrix.
1 [reporting verb] give an authoritative direction or instruction to do something: [with object and infinitive]:she ordered me to leave [with direct speech]:“Stop frowning,” he ordered [with clause]:the court ordered that the case should be heard at the end of August [with object]:her father ordered her back home the judge ordered a retrial [with object]
(order someone around/about
) continually tell someone in an overbearing way what to do.
[with object and complement] North American command (something) to be done or (someone) to be treated in a particular way:he ordered the anchor dropped 2 [with object] request (something) to be made, supplied, or served:my friend ordered the tickets last week [with two objects]:I asked the security guard to order me a taxi [no object]:Are you ready to order, sir? 3 [with object] arrange (something) in a methodical or appropriate way:all entries are ordered by date [as adjectivein combination]: (-ordered)her normally well-ordered life
1according to a particular sequence. 2in the correct condition for operation or use. 3in accordance with the rules of procedure at a meeting, legislative assembly, etc.. appropriate in the circumstances:a little bit of flattery was now in order
1approximately:sales increases are of the order of 20% 2 Mathematics having the order of magnitude specified by.
2along the lines of; similar to:singers on the order of Janis Joplin
1(of an electrical or mechanical device) not working properly or at all. 2not in the correct sequence. 3not according to the rules of a meeting, legislative assembly, etc.. informal (of a person or their behavior) unacceptable or wrong:he’s getting away with things that are out of order