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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of ordaining or the state of being ordained.
  • n. Ecclesiastical The ceremony of consecration to the ministry.
  • n. An arrangement or ordering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of ordaining or the state of being ordained.
  • n. The ceremony in which a priest is consecrated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of ordaining, appointing, or setting apart; the state of being ordained, appointed, etc.
  • n. The act of setting apart to an office in the Christian ministry; the conferring of holy orders.
  • n. Disposition; arrangement; order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Disposition as in ranks or rows; formal arrangement; array.
  • n. The act of admitting to holy orders, or to the Christian ministry; the rite of conferring holy orders or investing with ministerial or sacerdotal power and authority.
  • n. Arrangement of parts so as to form a consistent whole; organization; prearrangement; constitution.
  • n. Assignment of proper place in an order or series; hence, suitable relation; due proportion.
  • n. Appointment; enactment; decree; ordinance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the status of being ordained to a sacred office
  • n. logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements
  • n. the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders

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