Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A point.
  • noun Beginning.
  • noun An abbreviation of ordinal, ordinance, ordinary, and order.
  • noun An abbreviation of ordained;
  • noun of ordnance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Obs. or Prov. Eng. An edge or point; also, a beginning.
  • noun [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] the beginning and end. Cf. Odds and ends, under Odds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • abbreviation order
  • abbreviation law ordinance
  • noun A point.
  • noun A point of origin; a beginning.
  • noun A point of land; a promontory.
  • noun The point or edge of a weapon.

Etymologies

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From Middle English ord, from Old English ord ("point, spear-point, spear, source, beginning, front, vanguard"), from Proto-Germanic *uzdaz (“point”), from Proto-Indo-European *wes- (“to stick, prick, pierce, sting”) + Proto-Indo-European *dʰe- (“to set, place”). Cognate with North Frisian od ("tip, place, beginning"), Dutch oord ("place, region"), German Ort ("location, place, position"), Danish od ("a point"), Swedish udd ("a point, prick"), Icelandic oddur ("tip, point of a weapon, leader"). See also odd.

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