from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Disposition as in ranks or rows; formal arrangement; array.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Arrangement of parts so as to form a consistent whole; organization; prearrangement; constitution.
  • noun Assignment of proper place in an order or series; hence, suitable relation; due proportion.
  • noun Appointment; enactment; decree; ordinance.

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

  • noun The act of ordaining, appointing, or setting apart; the state of being ordained, appointed, etc.
  • noun (Eccl.) The act of setting apart to an office in the Christian ministry; the conferring of holy orders.
  • noun rare Disposition; arrangement; order.
  • noun (Geom.) the angle between the axes of coördinates.

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

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

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

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


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