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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ORDER

I was struck with the order of the bath: also the scimetary of the apartments.

It was brought—but, by order of the huissier, only one knife was placed on the table.

She believes that this order is from my father, and that my mother has not been consulted upon it.

There were three candidates to be heard from and his speech was to be the last in order.

The fat man from behind the register had come to take his order.

I make this statement now in order not to be misunderstood when later I may say that God must be this or that.

They are listed more or less in the order they appeared in the text.

Williams, Gunby, and Howard, all strove in vain to bring it to order.

I had to walk as fast as I could, and exercise my limbs all I could, in order to keep warm.

Why, the order of nature is reversed, and these children take on the protective.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "body of persons living under a religious discipline," from Old French ordre "position, estate; rule, regulation; religious order" (11c.), from earlier ordene, from Latin ordinem (nominative ordo) "row, rank, series, arrangement," originally "a row of threads in a loom," from Italic root *ord- "to arrange, arrangement" (cf. ordiri "to begin to weave," e.g. in primordial), of unknown origin.

Meaning "a rank in the (secular) community" is first recorded c.1300; meaning "command, directive" is first recorded 1540s, from the notion of "to keep in order." Military and honorary orders grew our of the fraternities of Crusader knights. Business and commerce sense is attested from 1837. In natural history, as a classification of living things, it is first recorded 1760. Meaning "condition of a community which is under the rule of law" is from late 15c.

Phrase in order to (1650s) preserves etymological notion of "sequence." The word reflects a medieval notion: "a system of parts subject to certain uniform, established ranks or proportions," and was used of everything from architecture to angels. Old English expressed many of the same ideas with endebyrdnes. In short order "without delay" is from 1834, American English; order of battle is from 1769.

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