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What does "Order" mean?

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(n.) 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 (n.) A command; a mandate; a precept; a direction (n.) 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 (n.) An assemblage of genera having certain important characters in common; as, the Carnivora and Insectivora are orders of Mammalia (n.) 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 (n.) Conformity with law or decorum; freedom from disturbance; general tranquillity; public quiet; as, to preserve order in a community or an assembly (n.) 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 (n.) Of intellectual notions or ideas, like the topics of a discource (n.) Of material things, like the books in a library (n.) Of periods of time or occurrences, and the like (n.) Rank; degree; thus, the order of a curve or surface is the same as the degree of its equation (n.) Regular arrangement; any methodical or established succession or harmonious relation; method; system (n.) Right arrangement; a normal, correct, or fit condition; as, the house is in order; the machinery is out of order (n.) That which prescribes a method of procedure; a rule or regulation made by competent authority; as, the rules and orders of the senate (n.) The customary mode of procedure; established system, as in the conduct of debates or the transaction of business; usage; custom; fashion (n.) 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 (n.) The placing of words and members in a sentence in such a manner as to contribute to force and beauty or clearness of expression (n.) To admit to holy orders; to ordain; to receive into the ranks of the ministry (n.) To give an order for; to secure by an order; as, to order a carriage; to order groceries (n.) To give an order to; to command; as, to order troops to advance (n.) 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 (v. i.) To give orders; to issue commands


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


Example: "There were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list" Example: "It was on the order of a mile" Example: "IBM received an order for a hundred computers" Example: "The British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London" Example: "I gave the waiter my order" Example: "The order of Saint Benedict" Example: "Order ruled in the streets" Example: "We shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation" Example: "Theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate order" Example: "He put his desk in order" Example: "A friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there" Example: "Men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today" Example: "Order these files" Example: "Order these files" Example: "Order me some flowers" Example: "She ordered him to do the shopping"


Word Family ordered, ordering, orderlies, orderliness, orderly, orders, reorder, reordered, reordering, reorders, unordered