- the arrangement of the elements of a construction in a particular sequence, as the placing of John before the verb and of George after it in John saw George.
- the hierarchy of grammatical rules applying to a construction.
- the rank of immediate constituents.
- degree, as in algebra.
- the number of rows or columns of a square matrix or determinant.
- the number of times a function has been differentiated to produce a given derivative: a second order derivative.
- the order of the highest derivative appearing in a given differential equation: d2y/dx2 + 3y (dy/dx) − 6 = 0 is a differential equation of order two.
- the number of elements of a given group.
- the smallest positive integer such that a given element in a group raised to that integer equals the identity.
- the least positive integer n such that permuting a given set n times under a given permutation results in the set in its original form.
- any arrangement of columns with an entablature.
- any of five such arrangements typical of classical architecture, including the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders invented by the Greeks and adapted by the Romans, the Tuscan order, invented by the Romans, and the Composite order, first named during the Renaissance.
- any of several concentric rings composing an arch, especially when each projects beyond the one below.
- a special honor or rank conferred by a sovereign upon a person for distinguished achievement.
- the insignia worn by such persons.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- fitting; appropriate: It appears that an apology is in order.
- in a state of proper arrangement, preparation, or readiness: Everything is in order for the departure.
- correct according to the rules of parliamentary procedure: Questions from the floor are now in order.
- resembling to some extent; like: I would like a dress on the order of the one in the window.
- approximately; about: On the order of 100,000 people attended the rally.
- inappropriate; unsuitable: His remark was certainly out of order.
- not operating properly; in disrepair: The air conditioner is out of order again.
- incorrect according to the rules of parliamentary procedure: The chairwoman told him that he was out of order.
Origin of order
Examples from the Web for order
And in order for them to realize their vision, they are willing to use any means.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He could order the Justice Department to begin the necessary regulatory work.
So working with the militants in order to deliver aid “becomes a requirement,” she said.
Just how many fake nodes would be needed in order to pull off a successful Sybil attack against Tor is not known.
In order to get women in better jobs you had to get them into places [decisions] were made.
The plants belonging to this order are divided into two sections, viz.Botany for Ladies|Jane Loudon
I'd go to the Ritz or the Carlton and order the finest dinner for three that the most experienced chef ever heard of.The Hosts of the Air|Joseph A. Altsheler
The members of this order live very largely on insects and worms, and the name Insectivora means insect-eating.The Burgess Animal Book for Children|Thornton W. Burgess
In order then to have every thing distinct and accurate, they had brought their opinion forward in the form it now appears.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
I have not left him an excuse; and then it is that I display all my courtesy, in order to attain the happy issue of my project.Louise de la Valliere|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
British Dictionary definitions for order
- a commission or instruction to produce or supply something in return for payment
- the commodity produced or supplied
- (as modifier)order form
- a group of people holding a specific honour for service or merit, conferred on them by a sovereign or state
- the insignia of such a group
- the sacrament by which bishops, priests, etc, have their offices conferred upon them
- any of the degrees into which the ministry is divided
- the office of an ordained Christian minister
- the number of times a function must be differentiated to obtain a given derivative
- the order of the highest derivative in a differential equation
- the number of rows or columns in a determinant or square matrix
- the number of members of a finite group
- in sequence
- properly arranged
- appropriate or fitting
- not in sequence
- not working
- not following the rules or customary procedure
- according to a buyer's specifications
- on request or demand
Derived Formsorderer, nounorderless, adjective
Word Origin for order
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Culture definitions for order
In biology, the classification lower than a class and higher than a family. Dogs and cats belong to the order of carnivores; human beings, monkeys, and apes belong to the order of primates. Flies and mosquitoes belong to the same order; so do birch trees and oak trees. (See Linnean classification.)
Idioms and Phrases with order
In addition to the idioms beginning with order
- order of the day, the
- order someone about
- apple-pie order
- back order
- call to order
- in order
- in short order
- just what the doctor ordered
- law and order
- made to order
- marching orders
- on order
- on the order of
- out of order
- pecking order
- put one's house in order
- short order
- standing orders
- tall order
- to order