Definitions for: Order

[n] putting in order; "there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"
[n] (architecture) one of the three styles of Greek architecture (or a style developed from the original three by the Romans)
[n] 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"
[n] a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment; "IBM received an order for a hundred computers"
[n] 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"
[n] a body of rules followed by an assembly
[n] (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"
[n] a request for food or refreshment (as served in a restaurant or bar etc.); "I gave the waiter my order"
[n] (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
[n] a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
[n] logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements; "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"
[n] established customary state (especially of society); "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"
[n] a condition of regular or proper arrangement; "he put his desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"
[v] place in a certain order; "order these files"
[v] bring order to or into; "Order these files"
[v] assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
[v] arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events, etc.; "arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times"
[v] make a request for something; "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage"
[v] give instructions to or direct somebody to do something; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
[v] issue commands or orders for
[v] appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church"
[v] bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"

Webster (1913) Definition: Or"der, n. [OE. ordre, F. ordre, fr. L. ordo, ordinis.
Cf. Ordain, Ordinal.]
1. Regular arrangement; any methodical or established
succession or harmonious relation; method; system; as:
(a) Of material things, like the books in a library.
(b) Of intellectual notions or ideas, like the topics of a
(c) Of periods of time or occurrences, and the like.

The side chambers were . . . thirty in order.
--Ezek. xli.

Bright-harnessed angels sit in order
serviceable. --Milton.

Good order is the foundation of all good things.

2. Right arrangement; a normal, correct, or fit condition;
as, the house is in order; the machinery is out of order.

3. The customary mode of procedure; established system, as in
the conduct of debates or the transaction of business;
usage; custom; fashion. --Dantiel.

And, pregnant with his grander thought, Brought the
old order into doubt. --Emerson.

4. Conformity with law or decorum; freedom from disturbance;
general tranquillity; public quiet; as, to preserve order
in a community or an assembly.

5. That which prescribes a method of procedure; a rule or
regulation made by competent authority; as, the rules and
orders of the senate.

The church hath authority to establish that for an
order at one time which at another time it may
abolish. --Hooker.

6. A command; a mandate; a precept; a direction.

Upon this new fright, an order was made by both
houses for disarming all the papists in England.

7. 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.

In those days were pit orders -- beshrew the
uncomfortable manager who abolished them. --Lamb.

8. 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.

They are in equal order to their several ends.
--Jer. Taylor.

Various orders various ensigns bear. --Granville.

Which, to his order of mind, must have seemed little
short of crime. --Hawthorne.

9. 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.

Find a barefoot brother out, One of our order, to
associate me. --Shak.

The venerable order of the Knights Templars. --Sir
W. Scott.

10. 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.

11. (Arch.) 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

Note: The Greeks used three different orders, easy to
distinguish, Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. The Romans
added the Tuscan, and changed the Doric so that it is
hardly recognizable, and also used a modified
Corinthian called Composite. The Renaissance writers on
architecture recognized five orders as orthodox or
classical, -- Doric (the Roman sort), Ionic, Tuscan,
Corinthian, and Composite. See Illust. of Capital.

12. (Nat. Hist.) An assemblage of genera having certain
important characters in common; as, the Carnivora and
Insectivora are orders of Mammalia.

Note: The Linn[ae]an artificial orders of plants rested
mainly on identity in the numer of pistils, or
agreement in some one character. Natural orders are
groups of genera agreeing in the fundamental plan of
their flowers and fruit. A natural order is usually (in
botany) equivalent to a family, and may include several

13. (Rhet.) The placing of words and members in a sentence in
such a manner as to contribute to force and beauty or
clearness of expression.

14. (Math.) Rank; degree; thus, the order of a curve or
surface is the same as the degree of its equation.

Artificial order or system. See {Artificial
classification}, under Artificial, and Note to def. 12

Close order (Mil.), the arrangement of the ranks with a
distance of about half a pace between them; with a
distance of about three yards the ranks are in {open

The four Orders, The Orders four, the four orders of
mendicant friars. See Friar. --Chaucer.

General orders (Mil.), orders issued which concern the
whole command, or the troops generally, in distinction
from special orders.

Holy orders.
(a) (Eccl.) The different grades of the Christian
ministry; ordination to the ministry. See def. 10
(b) (R. C. Ch.) A sacrament for the purpose of conferring
a special grace on those ordained.

In order to, for the purpose of; to the end; as means to.

The best knowledge is that which is of greatest use
in order to our eternal happiness. --Tillotson.

Minor orders (R. C. Ch.), orders beneath the diaconate in
sacramental dignity, as acolyte, exorcist, reader,

Money order. See under Money.

Natural order. (Bot.) See def. 12, Note.

Order book.
(a) A merchant's book in which orders are entered.
(b) (Mil.) A book kept at headquarters, in which all
orders are recorded for the information of officers
and men.
(c) A book in the House of Commons in which proposed
orders must be entered. [Eng.]

Order in Council, a royal order issued with and by the
advice of the Privy Council. [Great Britain]

Order of battle (Mil.), the particular disposition given to
the troops of an army on the field of battle.

Order of the day, in legislative bodies, the special
business appointed for a specified day.

Order of a differential equation (Math.), the greatest
index of differentiation in the equation.

Sailing orders (Naut.), the final instructions given to the
commander of a ship of war before a cruise.

Sealed orders, orders sealed, and not to be opened until a
certain time, or arrival at a certain place, as after a
ship is at sea.

Standing order.
(a) A continuing regulation for the conduct of
parliamentary business.
(b) (Mil.) An order not subject to change by an officer
temporarily in command.

To give order, to give command or directions. --Shak.

To take order for, to take charge of; to make arrangements

Whiles I take order for mine own affairs. --Shak.

Syn: Arrangement; management. See Direction.

Or"der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ordered; p pr. & vb. n.
Ordering.] [From Order, n.]
1. 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.

To him that ordereth his conversation aright. --Ps.
1. 23.

Warriors old with ordered spear and shield.

2. To give an order to; to command; as, to order troops to

3. To give an order for; to secure by an order; as, to order
a carriage; to order groceries.

4. (Eccl.) To admit to holy orders; to ordain; to receive
into the ranks of the ministry.

These ordered folk be especially titled to God.

Persons presented to be ordered deacons. --Bk. of
Com. Prayer.

Order arms (Mil.), the command at which a rifle is brought
to a position with its but resting on the ground; also,
the position taken at such a command.

Or"der, v. i.
To give orders; to issue commands.

Synonyms: arrange, club, consecrate, decree, dictate, edict, enjoin, fiat, gild, govern, grade, guild, lodge, ordain, order of magnitude, ordering, ordering, orderliness, ordinate, ordination, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure, place, prescribe, purchase order, put, range, rank, rate, regularize, regulate, rescript, rules of order, say, set up, society, tell

Antonyms: deregulate, disarray, disorder, disorder, disorderliness

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