From Middle English ordre, from Old French ordre, ordne, ordene (“order, rank”), from Latin ōrdinem, accusative of ōrdō (“row, rank, regular arrangement”, literally “row of threads in a loom”), from Proto-Italic *ored(h)- (“to arrange”), of unknown origin. Related to Latin ōrdior (“begin”, literally “begin to weave”).
order (countable and uncountable; plural orders)
- (uncountable) Arrangement, disposition, sequence.
- (uncountable) The state of being well arranged.
- (countable) A command.
- 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 30, The Dust of Conflict:
- It was by his order the shattered leading company flung itself into the houses when the Sin Verguenza were met by an enfilading volley as they reeled into the calle.
- (countable) A request for some product or service.
- 2012 December 1, “An internet of airborne things”, The Economist, volume 405, number 8813, page Technology Quarterly p.3:
- A farmer could place an order for a new tractor part by text message and pay for it by mobile money-transfer.
- (countable) A group of religious adherents, especially monks or nuns, set apart within their religion by adherence to a particular rule or set of principles; as, the Jesuit Order.
- (countable) A society of knights; as, the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Bath.
- (countable) A decoration, awarded by a government, a dynastic house, or a religious body to an individual, usually for distinguished service to a nation or to humanity.
- (countable, biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below class and above family; a taxon at that rank
- Magnolias belong to the order Magnoliales.
- (cricket) The sequence in which a side’s batsmen bat; the batting order.
- (electronics) a power of polynomial function in an electronic circuit’s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
- a 3-stage cascade of a 2nd-order bandpass Butterworth filter.
- (chemistry) The overall power of the rate law of a chemical reaction, expressed as a polynomial function of concentrations of reactants and products.
- (mathematics) The cardinality, or number of elements in a set or related structure.
- (graph theory) The number of vertices in a graph
- (order theory) A partially ordered set.
- (order theory) The relation on a partially ordered set that determines that it in fact a partically ordered set.
- (mathematics) The sum of the exponents on the variables in a monomial, or the highest such among all monomials in a polynomial.
- 1611 — King James Version of the Bible, Luke 1:1
- Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...
- Donald Knuth. The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 3: Sorting and Searching, Addison-Wesley, 1973, chapter 8:
- Since only two of our tape drives were in working order, I was ordered to order more tape units in short order, in order to order the data several orders of magnitude faster.
Terms derived from the noun "order"
request for some product or service
biology: taxonomical classification
cricket: sequence in which a side’s batsmen bat
- Finnish: lyöntijärjestys (fi)
- Japanese: 打順 (ja) (dajyun)
electronics: power of polynomial function in a circuit’s block
Chemistry - a number of a chemical reaction
graph theory: number of vertices in a graph
relation on a partially ordered set
highest exponent in a polynomial
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order (third-person singular simple present orders, present participle ordering, simple past and past participle ordered)
- To set in some sort of order.
- To arrange, set in proper order.
- To issue a command.
- To request some product or service.
- (arrange into some sort of order): sort, rank
to request some product or service