Order

Definition of Order

Or´der
n.1.
1.Regular arrangement; any methodical or established succession or harmonious relation; method; system
The side chambers were . . . thirty in order.
- Ezek. xli. 6.
Good order is the foundation of all good things.
- Burke.
2.Right arrangement; a normal, correct, or fit condition; as, the house is in order; the machinery is out of order.
3.The customary mode of procedure; established system, as in the conduct of debates or the transaction of business; usage; custom; fashion.
And, pregnant with his grander thought,
Brought the old order into doubt.
- Emerson.
4.Conformity with law or decorum; freedom from disturbance; general tranquillity; public quiet; as, to preserve order in a community or an assembly.
5.That which prescribes a method of procedure; a rule or regulation made by competent authority; as, the rules and orders of the senate.
The church hath authority to establish that for an order at one time which at another time it may abolish.
- Hooker.
6.A command; a mandate; a precept; a direction.
Upon this new fright, an order was made by both houses for disarming all the papists in England.
- Clarendon.
7.Hence: A commission to purchase, sell, or supply goods; a direction, in writing, to pay money, to furnish supplies, to admit to a building, a place of entertainment, or the like; as, orders for blankets are large.
In those days were pit orders - beshrew the uncomfortable manager who abolished them.
- Lamb.
8.A number of things or persons arranged in a fixed or suitable place, or relative position; a rank; a row; a grade; especially, a rank or class in society; a group or division of men in the same social or other position; also, a distinct character, kind, or sort; as, the higher or lower orders of society; talent of a high order.
They are in equal order to their several ends.
- Jer. Taylor.
Which, to his order of mind, must have seemed little short of crime.
- Hawthorne.
9.A body of persons having some common honorary distinction or rule of obligation; esp., a body of religious persons or aggregate of convents living under a common rule; as, the Order of the Bath; the Franciscan order.
Find a barefoot brother out,
One of our order, to associate me.
- Shak.
The venerable order of the Knights Templars.
- Sir W. Scott.
10.An ecclesiastical grade or rank, as of deacon, priest, or bishop; the office of the Christian ministry; - often used in the plural; as, to take orders, or to take holy orders, that is, to enter some grade of the ministry.
11.(Arch.) The disposition of a column and its component parts, and of the entablature resting upon it, in classical architecture; hence (as the column and entablature are the characteristic features of classical architecture) a style or manner of architectural designing.
12.(Nat. Hist.) An assemblage of genera having certain important characters in common; as, the Carnivora and Insectivora are orders of Mammalia.
13.(Rhet.) The placing of words and members in a sentence in such a manner as to contribute to force and beauty or clearness of expression.
14.(Math.) Rank; degree; thus, the order of a curve or surface is the same as the degree of its equation.
Artificial order
See Artificial classification, under Artificial, and Note to def. 12 above.
Close order
(Mil.) the arrangement of the ranks with a distance of about half a pace between them; with a distance of about three yards the ranks are in open order.
The four Orders
the four orders of mendicant friars. See Friar.
General orders
(Mil.) orders issued which concern the whole command, or the troops generally, in distinction from special orders.
- Chaucer.
Holy orders
a - (Eccl.) The different grades of the Christian ministry; ordination to the ministry. See def. 10 above.
b - (R. C. Ch.) A sacrament for the purpose of conferring a special grace on those ordained.
In order to
for the purpose of; to the end; as means to.
Minor orders
(R. C. Ch.) orders beneath the diaconate in sacramental dignity, as acolyte, exorcist, reader, doorkeeper.
Money order
(Bot.) See def.
Order book
a - A merchant's book in which orders are entered.
b - (Mil.) A book kept at headquarters, in which all orders are recorded for the information of officers and men.
c - A book in the House of Commons in which proposed orders must be entered.
Order in Council
a royal order issued with and by the advice of the Privy Council.
Order of battle
(Mil.) the particular disposition given to the troops of an army on the field of battle.
Order of the day
in legislative bodies, the special business appointed for a specified day.
Order of a differential equation
(Math.) the greatest index of differentiation in the equation.
Sailing orders
(Naut.) the final instructions given to the commander of a ship of war before a cruise.
Sealed orders
orders sealed, and not to be opened until a certain time, or arrival at a certain place, as after a ship is at sea.
Standing order
a - A continuing regulation for the conduct of parliamentary business.
b - (Mil.) An order not subject to change by an officer temporarily in command.
To give order
to give command or directions.
To take order for
to take charge of; to make arrangements concerning.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To put in order; to reduce to a methodical arrangement; to arrange in a series, or with reference to an end. Hence, to regulate; to dispose; to direct; to rule.
[imp. & p. p. Ordered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ordering.]
To him that ordereth his conversation aright.
- Ps. 1. 23.
Warriors old with ordered spear and shield.
- Milton.
2.To give an order to; to command; as, to order troops to advance.
3.To give an order for; to secure by an order; as, to order a carriage; to order groceries.
4.(Eccl.) To admit to holy orders; to ordain; to receive into the ranks of the ministry.
These ordered folk be especially titled to God.
- Chaucer.
Persons presented to be ordered deacons.
- Bk. of Com. Prayer.
Order arms
(Mil.) the command at which a rifle is brought to a position with its butt resting on the ground; also, the position taken at such a command.
v. i.1.To give orders; to issue commands.

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