Definitions

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

  • n. An authoritative command or order.
  • n. A custom or practice established by long usage.
  • n. A Christian rite, especially the Eucharist.
  • n. A statute or regulation, especially one enacted by a city government.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a local law or regulation.
  • n. a religious practice or ritual prescribed by the church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Orderly arrangement; preparation; provision.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An established rite or ceremony.
  • n. Rank; order; station.
  • n. Ordnance; cannon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To arm with ordnance.
  • n. Ordering; disposition; arrangement.
  • n. Orderly disposition; proper arrangement; regular order; due proportion.
  • n. Order; rank; dignity; position.
  • n. Preparation; provision; array; arrangement.
  • n. An appliance; an appointment; an arrangement; equipment: as, ordinance of war; hence, specifically, cannon; ordnance. See ordnance.
  • n. Established state or condition; regular or established mode of action; proceeding as regulated by authority.
  • n. Regulation by authority; a command; an appointment; an order; that which is ordained, ordered, or appointed; a rule or law established by authority; edict; decree, as of the Supreme Being or of Fate; law or statute made by human authority; authoritative regulation.
  • n. Eccles., a religious ceremony, rite, or practice established by authority: as, the ordinance of baptism.
  • n. In architecture, arrangement; system; order: said of a part or detail as well as of an architectural whole.
  • n. Synonyms Edict, Decree, etc. See law.

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

  • n. an authoritative rule
  • n. a statute enacted by a city government
  • n. the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders

Etymologies

Middle English ordinaunce, from Old French ordenance, from Medieval Latin ōrdinantia, from Latin ōrdināns, ōrdinant-, present participle of ōrdināre, to ordain, from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English (ca. 1300), from Old French ordenance (Modern French ordonnance) "decree, command", from Middle Latin ordinantia, from ordinans, the present participle of Latin ordinare "put in order" (whence ordain). (Wiktionary)

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