vi to give orders; to issue commands.
2. order ·noun a command; a mandate; a precept; a direction.
3. order ·noun of periods of time or occurrences, and the like.
4. order ·noun of material things, like the books in a library.
5. order ·noun of intellectual notions or ideas, like the topics of a discource.
6. order ·noun to give an order to; to command; as, to order troops to advance.
7. order ·noun to give an order for; to secure by an order; as, to order a carriage; to order groceries.
8. order ·noun rank; degree; thus, the order of a curve or surface is the same as the degree of its equation.
9. order ·noun to admit to holy orders; to ordain; to receive into the ranks of the ministry.
10. order ·noun regular arrangement; any methodical or established succession or harmonious relation; method; system.
11. order ·noun right arrangement; a normal, correct, or fit condition; as, the house is in order; the machinery is out of order.
12. order ·noun an assemblage of genera having certain important characters in common; as, the carnivora and insectivora are orders of mammalia.
13. order ·noun 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. order ·noun that which prescribes a method of procedure; a rule or regulation made by competent authority; as, the rules and orders of the senate.
15. order ·noun the customary mode of procedure; established system, as in the conduct of debates or the transaction of business; usage; custom; fashion.
xvi. order ·noun conformity with law or decorum; freedom from disturbance; general tranquillity; public quiet; as, to preserve order in a community or an assembly.
xvii. order ·noun 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.
xviii. order ·noun 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.
xix. order ·noun 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.
xx. order ·noun 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.
xxi. order ·noun 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.
xxii. order ·noun 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.