Hypertext Webster Gateway: "order"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Series \Se"ries\, n.
1. (Bot.) In Engler's system of plant classification, a group
of families showing certain structural or morphological
relationships. It corresponds to the {cohort} of some
writers, and to the {order} of many modern systematists.

2. (Elec.) A mode of arranging the separate parts of a
circuit by connecting them successively end to end to form
a single path for the current; -- opposed to {parallel}.
The parts so arranged are said to be

{in series}.

3. (Com.) A parcel of rough diamonds of assorted qualities.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Order \Or"der\, n. [OE. ordre, F. ordre, fr. L. ordo, ordinis.
Cf. {Ordain}, {Ordinal}.]
1. Regular arrangement; any methodical or established
succession or harmonious relation; method; system; as:
(a) Of material things, like the books in a library.
(b) Of intellectual notions or ideas, like the topics of a
(c) Of periods of time or occurrences, and the like.

The side chambers were . . . thirty in order.
--Ezek. xli.

Bright-harnessed angels sit in order
serviceable. --Milton.

Good order is the foundation of all good things.

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. --Dantiel.

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.

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.

Various orders various ensigns bear. --Granville.

Which, to his order of mind, must have seemed little
short of crime. --Hawthorne.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Order \Or"der\, v. i.
To give orders; to issue commands.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Order \Or"der\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ordered}; p pr. & vb. n.
{Ordering}.] [From {Order}, n.]
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.

To him that ordereth his conversation aright. --Ps.
1. 23.

Warriors old with ordered spear and shield.

2. To give an order to; to command; as, to order troops to

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.

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 but resting on the ground; also,
the position taken at such a command.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Note: In modern law, proposal and acceptance are the
constituent elements into which all contracts are

{Acceptance of a bill of exchange}, {check}, {draft}, or
{order}, is an engagement to pay it according to the terms.
This engagement is usually made by writing the word
``accepted'' across the face of the bill.

{Acceptance of goods}, under the statute of frauds, is an
intelligent acceptance by a party knowing the nature of
the transaction.

6. Meaning; acceptation. [Obs.]

{Acceptance of persons}, partiality, favoritism. See under

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a
military or law enforcement officer) that must be
obeyed; "the British ships dropped anchor and waited for
orders from London"
2: a degree in a continuum of size or quantity; "it was on the
order of a mile"; "an explosion of a low order of
magnitude" [syn: {order of magnitude}]
3: established customary state (especially of society); "order
ruled in the streets"; "law and order" [ant: {disorder}]
4: logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements;
"we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of
their presentation" [syn: {ordering}]
5: a condition of regular or proper arrangement: "he put his
desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"
[syn: {orderliness}] [ant: {disorderliness}, {disorderliness}]
6: a legally binding command or decision entered on the court
record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in
New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out
there" [syn: {decree}, {edict}, {fiat}, {rescript}]
7: a commercial document used to request someone to supply
something in return for payment; "IBM received an order
for a hundred computers" [syn: {purchase order}]
8: a formal association of people with similar interests; "he
joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society";
"men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen
today" [syn: {club}, {society}, {guild}, {gild}, {lodge}]
9: a body of rules followed by an assembly [syn: {rules of
order}, {parliamentary law}, {parliamentary procedure}]
10: (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
11: a request for food or refreshment (as served in a restaurant
or bar etc.); "I gave the waiter my order"
12: putting in order; "there were mistakes in the ordering of
items on the list" [syn: {ordering}]
v 1: give instructions to or direct somebody to do something; "I
said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the
shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
[syn: {tell}, {enjoin}, {say}]
2: make a request for something; "Order me some flowers";
"order a work stoppage"
3: issue commands or orders for [syn: {prescribe}, {dictate}]
4: impose regulations on [syn: {regulate}, {regularize}, {govern}]
[ant: {deregulate}]
5: bring order to or into; "Order these files" [ant: {disorder}]
6: place in a certain order; "order these files"
7: of clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church" [syn: {ordain},
8: arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events, etc.; "arrange my
schedule;" "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with
those of bygone times" [syn: {arrange}, {set up}, {put}]
9: assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these
students?" [syn: {rate}, {rank}, {range}, {grade}, {place}]

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