/ˈɔdə / (say 'awduh)

1. an authoritative direction, injunction, command, or mandate.
2. Australian Historyland order.
3. Also, court order. Law a direction given by a court, judge, or minister of the crown.
4. Military a command or notice issued by a military commander to subordinate troops.
5. the disposition of things following one after another, as in space, time, etc.; succession or sequence.
6. a condition in which everything is in its proper place with reference to other things and to its purpose; methodical or harmonious arrangement.
7. Military different dress, equipment, etc., for some special purpose or occasion: full marching order.
8. proper or satisfactory condition: my watch is out of order.
9. state or condition generally: affairs are in good order.
10. Grammar
a. the arrangement of the elements of a construction in a particular sequence, as the placing of John before and of George after the verb saw in the sentence John saw George.
b. the feature of construction resulting from such an arrangement, as in the sentences John saw George and George saw John which differ only in order.
11. any class, kind, or sort, as of persons or things, distinguished from others by nature or character: talents of a high order.
12. the usual major subdivision of a class or subclass, commonly comprising a plurality of families, as the Hymenoptera (ants, bees, etc.).
13. a rank, grade, or class of persons in the community.
14. a body of persons of the same profession, occupation, or pursuits: the clerical order.
15. a body or society of persons living by common consent under the same religious, moral, or social regulations.
16. a body of people who all hold a specific honour (def. 7) conferred on them by a sovereign or government.
17. any of the degrees or grades of the clerical office (the number of which varies in different Churches, the Roman Catholic Church, for example, having the major orders of bishop, priest, deacon, formerly also subdeacon, and the minor orders of acolyte and lector, formerly also exorcist and ostiary, while the Anglican Church recognises only the three grades of bishop, priest, and deacon).
18. any of the nine grades of angels in medieval angelology. See angel (def. 1).
19. a monastic society or fraternity: the Franciscan order.
20. (usually plural) the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister.
21. (usually plural) the rite or sacrament of ordination.
22. a prescribed form of divine service, or of administration of a rite or ceremony.
23. the service itself.
24. History a society or fraternity of knights, of combined military and monastic character, as in the Middle Ages the Knights Templar, etc.
25. a modern organisation or society more or less resembling the knightly orders: fraternal orders.
26. conformity to law or established authority; absence of revolt, disturbance, turbulence, unruliness, etc.
27. customary mode of procedure, or established usage.
28. the customary or prescribed mode of proceeding in debates or the like, or in the conduct of deliberative or legislative bodies, public meetings, etc.
29. conformity to this.
30. the natural, moral, or spiritual constitution of the world; the prevailing course of things; the established system or regime: the old order changeth.
31. a direction or commission to make, supply, or provide something: shoes made to order.
32. a quantity of goods purchased.
33. a written direction to pay money or deliver goods.
34. a pass for admission to a theatre, museum, or the like.
35. Architecture
a. a series of columns with their entablature arranged in given proportions.
b. any one of the typical variations of such an arrangement distinguished by proportion, capital types, etc., including the Doric, Ionic, Corinthian of the classical Greeks, adapted by the Romans, the Tuscan created by the Romans, and the Composite dating from the Renaissance.
36. Mathematics
a. degree, as in algebra.
b. (of a derivative) the number of times a function has been differentiated.
c. (of a differential equation) the order of the highest derivative in the equation.
37. Baseball, Cricket the nominated batting sequence for a team.
verb (t)
38. to give an order, direction, or command to.
39. to direct or command to go or come (as specified): to order a person out of one's house.
40. to give an order for.
41. to prescribe: a doctor orders a medicine for a patient.
42. to direct to be made, supplied, or provided: we ordered two steaks.
43. to regulate, conduct, or manage.
44. to arrange methodically or suitably.
45. to ordain, as God or fate does.
46. to invest with clerical rank or authority.
verb (i)
47. to issue orders: to order rather than obey.
48. to order food, etc.
49. a tall order, Colloquial a difficult task or requirement.
50. be out of order,
a. (of a person) to be behaving in an inappropriate or socially unacceptable way.
b. (of behaviour) to be inappropriate or socially unacceptable.
51. call to order, to establish or re-establish order at (a meeting).
52. in order,
a. in a proper state; correctly arranged; in a state of readiness; functioning correctly.
b. appropriate; suitable.
c. correct according to parliamentary procedure.
53. in order that, to the end that.
54. in order to, as a means to.
55. in short order, speedily; promptly.
56. keep order, (in a classroom, military group, etc.) to maintain discipline.
57. of the order of, about; approximately.
58. on order, ordered but not yet received.
59. order about, to keep giving orders to; act in a domineering fashion towards.
60. out of order,
a. not functioning properly; broken.
b. not in accordance with the recognised rules of a meeting, organisation, etc.
c. socially unacceptable; inappropriate.
61. the lower orders, those whose rank or status in society is not high.
{Middle English ordre, from Old French, from Latin ordo row, rank, regular arrangement}
orderer, noun
ordering, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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