Or·der v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ordered p. pr. & vb. n. Ordering.]
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. --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.
adj 1: having a systematic arrangement; especially having elements
succeeding in order according to rule; "an ordered
sequence" [ant: disordered]
2: marked by system or regularity or discipline; "a quiet
ordered house"; "an orderly universe"; "a well regulated
life" [syn: orderly, regulated]
3: disposed or placed in a particular kind of order; "the
carefully arranged chessmen"; "haphazardly arranged
interlobular septa"; "comfortable chairs arranged around
the fireplace" [syn: arranged] [ant: disarranged]
4: marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent
relation of parts; "a logical argument"; "the orderly
presentation" [syn: consistent, logical, orderly]