- of or relating to an order, as of animals or plants.
- of or relating to order, rank, or position in a series.
- an ordinal number or numeral.
Origin of ordinal1
Examples from the Web for ordinally
Historical Examples of ordinally
The relation-number of a relation is the class whose members are all those relations which are ordinally similar to it.
Also, two relations need not be serial in order to be ordinally similar; but if one is serial, so is the other.
These animals are at least ordinally distinct from us in those grades of groups in which naturalists arrange animals.The Story of the Earth and Man
J. W. Dawson
- denoting a certain position in a sequence of numbers
- of, relating to, or characteristic of an order in biological classification
- short for ordinal number
- a book containing the forms of services for the ordination of ministers
- RC Church a service book
Word Origin for ordinal
late 14c., "regular, ordinary," from Old French ordinel and directly from Late Latin ordinalis ""showing order, denoting an order of succession," from Latin ordo (genitive ordinis) "row, series" (see order (n.)). Meaning "marking position in an order or series" is from 1590s.
early 14c., "book setting forth the order of services in the Church," from Late Latin adjective ordinalis (see ordinal (adj.)).