Definition of orderly in English:

orderly

Syllabification: or·der·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈôrdərlē
 
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adjective

1Neatly and methodically arranged: an orderly arrangement of objects
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  • This crystalline structure is an orderly arrangement of ions known as a crystal lattice.
  • Many common solids are crystalline, which means that their molecules are arranged in an orderly pattern that resembles a three-dimensional grid.
  • Quasicrystals are unusual metallic alloys whose atoms are arranged in orderly patterns that are not quite crystalline.
Synonyms
neat, tidy, well ordered, in order, trim, in apple-pie order, spick and span, shipshape(well) organized, efficient, methodical, systematic, meticulous, punctilious; coherent, structured, logical, well planned, well regulated, systematized
1.1(Of a person or group) well behaved; disciplined.
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  • He was a very neat and orderly person and although he enjoyed romping about, he normally dressed impeccably.
  • Any neat and orderly person would consider it a disaster, but King Dordig was no such person.
  • Despite what the wad of gum always stuck between Dee's teeth might tell a person about her, Dee was one of the cleanest and mostly orderly people I've ever met.
Synonyms

noun (plural orderlies)

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1An attendant in a hospital responsible for the nonmedical care of patients and the maintenance of order and cleanliness.
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  • The agreement covers staff working in various roles such as orderlies, patient care assistants, kitchen staff, catering attendants and gardeners.
  • The enlisted men had been trained in Philadelphia hospitals and served as orderlies in wards, ORs, laboratories, and x-ray departments.
  • In the middle of the procession, a hospital orderly pushed a wheelchair.
2A soldier who carries out orders or performs minor tasks for an officer.
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  • They had served in the field as nurses and ambulance drivers and performed military support roles as cooks and orderlies, clerical workers, telephonists, and signallers.
  • On 7 November 1919 barrack orderlies were instructed to carry revolvers.
  • He established guards for his artillery trains and directed that a liaison orderly be sent from each battery to brigade headquarters.

Derivatives

orderliness

noun
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  • How can orderliness and organization be a method to achieve spirituality?
  • She loved Ty, but she never got his organization and orderliness.
  • Despite the theoretical orderliness of the hierarchy, extraordinarily complex and difficult relationships have evolved within many of the ministries.

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