or co-or·di·na·tion

[koh-awr-dn-ey-shuh n]


the act or state of coordinating or of being coordinated.
proper order or relationship.
harmonious combination or interaction, as of functions or parts.

Origin of coordination

First recorded in 1595–1605, coordination is from the Late Latin word coordinātiōn- (stem of coordinātiō). See co-, ordination
Related formsnon·co·or·di·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of coordination

Historical Examples of coordination

  • And we'll add everything I know of coordination, synthesis, and perception.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Muscles refused to move other than in coordination with the music.

    The Beast of Space

    F.E. Hardart

  • The actual process of coordination is the supreme and eternal difficulty.

    The Complex Vision

    John Cowper Powys

  • The scope of coordination (to use our prior terminology) is extremely limited.

  • But some activities are broad; they involve a coordination of many factors.

British Dictionary definitions for coordination




balanced and effective interaction of movement, actions, etc

Word Origin for coordination

C17: from Late Latin coordinātiō, from Latin ordinātiō an arranging; see ordinate
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Word Origin and History for coordination

also co-ordination, c.1600, "orderly combination," from French coordination (14c.) or directly from Late Latin coordinationem (nominative coordinatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin coordinare "to set in order, arrange," from com- "together" (see com-) + ordinatio "arrangement," from ordo "order" (see order (n.)). Meaning "action of setting in order" is from 1640s; that of "harmonious adjustment or action," especially of muscles and bodily movements, is from 1855.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for coordination




The harmonious adjustment or interaction of parts.
Harmonious functioning of muscles or groups of muscles in the execution of movements.
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Culture definitions for coordination


The use of grammatical structures to give equal emphasis to, or to “coordinate,” two or more words, groups of words, or ideas: “I like eggs and toast.” In the following sentences, each clause receives equal emphasis: “Mr. Jones teaches French, and Ms. Williams teaches English”; “Mr. Jones teaches French, but Ms. Williams teaches English.” (Compare subordination.)

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