Definitions

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  • abbr. order
  • abbr. ordinance
  • n. A point.
  • n. A point of origin; a beginning.
  • n. A point of land; a promontory.
  • n. The point or edge of a weapon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An edge or point; also, a beginning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

Etymologies

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. (Wiktionary)

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