- 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
Synonyms for order
Related Words for orderform, structure, system, rule, regulation, plan, line, procedure, control, law, peace, position, place, decree, instruction, directive, permission, injunction, direction, charge
Examples from the Web for order
Contemporary Examples of 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
He could order the Justice Department to begin the necessary regulatory work.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
January 5, 2015
So working with the militants in order to deliver aid “becomes a requirement,” she said.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
Just how many fake nodes would be needed in order to pull off a successful Sybil attack against Tor is not known.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
In order to get women in better jobs you had to get them into places [decisions] were made.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
Historical Examples of order
I was struck with the order of the bath: also the scimetary of the apartments.
It was brought—but, by order of the huissier, only one knife was placed on the table.
She believes that this order is from my father, and that my mother has not been consulted upon it.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
There were three candidates to be heard from and his speech was to be the last in order.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The fat man from behind the register had come to take his order.Way of the Lawless
- 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
Word Origin for order
early 13c., "body of persons living under a religious discipline," from Old French ordre "position, estate; rule, regulation; religious order" (11c.), from earlier ordene, from Latin ordinem (nominative ordo) "row, rank, series, arrangement," originally "a row of threads in a loom," from Italic root *ord- "to arrange, arrangement" (cf. ordiri "to begin to weave," e.g. in primordial), of unknown origin.
Meaning "a rank in the (secular) community" is first recorded c.1300; meaning "command, directive" is first recorded 1540s, from the notion of "to keep in order." Military and honorary orders grew our of the fraternities of Crusader knights. Business and commerce sense is attested from 1837. In natural history, as a classification of living things, it is first recorded 1760. Meaning "condition of a community which is under the rule of law" is from late 15c.
Phrase in order to (1650s) preserves etymological notion of "sequence." The word reflects a medieval notion: "a system of parts subject to certain uniform, established ranks or proportions," and was used of everything from architecture to angels. Old English expressed many of the same ideas with endebyrdnes. In short order "without delay" is from 1834, American English; order of battle is from 1769.
c.1200, "give order to, to arrange in order," from order (n.). Meaning "to give orders for or to" is from 1540s. Related: Ordered; ordering.
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