- 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 orderinghire, buy, direct, require, request, charge, warn, instruct, obtain, tell, distribute, place, plan, file, conduct, establish, assign, decree, engage, secure
Examples from the Web for ordering
Contemporary Examples of ordering
Last March they gave Airbus a huge piece of new business, ordering 169 A320s and 65 of the slightly larger A321.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
It is unclear how Trierweiler came to the conclusion that the Élysée had allegedly been ordering the doctors to sedate her.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
Federal regulators sent Spinal Solutions a warning letter in early 2012, ordering the company to fix its quality control problems.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
At about 11 p.m. State Police started flying a helicopter over the scene, ordering the crowds to disperse.Frat Culture Clashes With Riot Police at Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival
October 19, 2014
But he also knew that the moment for ordering mass variolation would have to be opportune.George Washington, the First Vaxxer
October 5, 2014
Historical Examples of ordering
Her father's angry letter, ordering her to prepare for her wedding-day.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
"I thought I might find a friend of mine here," he said, after ordering a drink.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
Will you oblige me by ordering the steward to hand me a glass of water?Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Grace followed her without a moment's hesitation, ordering Leary to wait.The Film of Fear
The message-ship, ordering the Darian fleet away from Weald, had been sent off long since.Pariah Planet
- 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
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.
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.
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