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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 or·di·nance /ˈɔrdnən(t)s, ˈɔrdṇən(t)s/
 法令,條例,聖餐禮

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Or·di·nance n.
 1. Orderly arrangement; preparation; provision. [Obs.]
 They had made their ordinance
 Of victual, and of other purveyance.   --Chaucer.
 2. A rule established by authority; a permanent rule of action; a statute, law, regulation, rescript, or accepted usage; an edict or decree; esp., a local law enacted by a municipal government; as, a municipal ordinance.
    Thou wilt die by God's just ordinance.   --Shak.
    By custom and the ordinance of times.   --Shak.
    Walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.   --Luke i. 6.
 Note:Acts of Parliament are sometimes called ordinances; also, certain colonial laws and certain acts of Congress under Confederation; as, the ordinance of 1787 for the government of the territory of the United States northwest of the Ohio River; the colonial ordinance of 1641, or 1647. This word is often used in Scripture in the sense of a law or statute of sovereign power. --Ex. xv. 25. --Num. x. 8. --Ezra iii. 10. Its most frequent application now in the United States is to laws and regulations of municipal corporations. --Wharton (Law Dict.).
 3. Eccl. An established rite or ceremony.
 4. Rank; order; station. [Obs.]
 5.  Ordnance; cannon. [Obs.]
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 ordinance
      n 1: an authoritative rule [syn: regulation]
      2: a statute enacted by a city government
      3: the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving)
         holy orders; "the rabbi's family was present for his
         ordination" [syn: ordination]