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  • adj. Not functioning properly.
  • adj. Inappropriate or unsuitable.
  • adj. Out of normal sequence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. not in proper order; disarranged; in confusion.


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  • Here it was: An English flying man's machine got out of order and he had to descend in German territory.

    The Life and Letters of Walter H Page

  • There were files out of order and papers misfiled.

    Forever Lost

  • Yesterday he and Loring went to the flour mills at Downsville, sixteen miles from here, to get our wheat ground, but the mill was out of order and could not grind this week, so they returned today.

    Diary, August 8, 1859-May 15, 1865.

  • He adds: "And so it is with all the organs of the body which act spontaneously; they get out of order and become functionally defective, if, as the result of the attention and self-observation directed towards them, impulses flow to them from the centres of consciousness and will in the same way as they flow to the organs [e.g. the muscles] which are normally under the control of the will."

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • “And what do you say, Miss Copeland, if I tell you that on Friday night the Pen Cuckoo telephone was out of order from 8.20 until the following morning?”

    Overture to Death

  • The senior augur's glass, in what was now Patera Gulo's room, was out of order and had been for decades; this one, the senior sibyl's, was still functioning, perhaps only because it had been less used.

    Calde of the Long Sun

  • Up, my eye mightily out of order with the rheum that is fallen down into it, however, I by coach endeavoured to have waited on my Lord Sandwich, but meeting him in Chancery Lane going towards the City I stopped and so fairly walked home again, calling at St. Paul's Churchyarde, and there looked upon a pretty burlesque poem, called

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, March 1663/64

  • Ah! if you love yourself or me, you must confess that I have reason to condemn this senseless passion; that wheresoe'er it comes destroys all that entertain it; nothing of judgment or discretion can live with it, and it puts everything else out of order before it can find a place for itself.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54

  • But Elphy, with the touch of true genius, swept aside these obstacles with unerring precision, and out of order wrought complete chaos.


  • The Mackensee ship in system, Ky, and the Mackensee relief convoy commander had all squirted data to the ansible, tagged for ISC headquarters, but the varying lightlags meant that data came in out of order in chaotic lumps.

    Command Decision


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