• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ordinal being or denoting a numerical order in a series "ordinal numbers","held an ordinal rank of seventh"
    • adj ordinal of or relating to a taxonomic order "family and ordinal names of animals and plants"
    • n ordinal the number designating place in an ordered sequence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An ordinance in Newcastle, Wyoming, specifically bans couples from having sex while standing inside a store's walk-in-meat freezer
    • Ordinal (R. C. Ch) A book containing the rubrics of the Mass.
    • Ordinal A word or number denoting order or succession.
    • Ordinal Indicating order or succession; as, the ordinal numbers, first, second, third, etc. Contrasted to cardinal.
    • Ordinal Of or pertaining to an order.
    • Ordinal (Ch. of Eng) The book of forms for making, ordaining, and consecrating bishops, priests, and deacons.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: City Ordinance number 352 in Pacific Grove, CA makes it a misdemeanor to kill or threaten a butterfly.
    • ordinal Noting position in an order or series: an epithet designating one of that class of numerals which describe an object as occupying a certain place in a series of similar objects; first, second, third, etc., are ordinal numbers.
    • ordinal In natural history, pertaining to, characteristic of, or designating an order, as of animals, or a family of plants: as, ordinal terms; a group of ordinal value; ordinal distinctions; ordinal rank.
    • n ordinal A numeral which designates the place or position of an object in some particular series, as first, second, third, etc.
    • n ordinal A body of regulations. Any book registering or regulating order, succession, or usage.
    • n ordinal A book containing the orders and constitutions of a religious house or a college.
    • n ordinal In England before the Reformation, a book directing in what manner the services for the canonical hours should be said throughout the year; a directory of the daily office: also known as the ordinale, pica, or pie. It contained a calendar, and gave the variations in the choir offices according to the day or season.
    • n ordinal In the Anglican Ch. since the Reformation, a book containing the forms for making, ordaining, and consecrating bishops, priests, and deacons; a collection of officers prescribing the form and manner of conferring holy orders. The ordinal was first published in English in 1550, and was slightly changed in 1552 and 1662. Although technically a separate book, it has always since 1552 been bound with the Prayer-book.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Harthahorne City Ordinance, Section 363, states that it shall be unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window.
    • adj Ordinal showing order or succession
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  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate.”
  • John Perry Barlow
    John Perry Barlow
    “In Cyberspace, the 1st Amendment is a local ordinance.”
  • Robert D. Sprecht
    Robert D. Sprecht
    “Under any conditions, anywhere, whatever you are doing, there is some ordinance under which you can be booked.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ordinalis, fr. ordo, ordinis, order. See Order
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ordener (Fr. ordonner)—L. ordināre, -ātumordo.


In literature:

I wrote to mamma, saying that you were going to stay until after the ordination, and then we would all return together.
"Isabel Leicester" by Clotilda Jennings
Several of the letters which are given later refer to his thoughts and feelings at the time of his ordination.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
As "statutory orders" they emanate from a delegated authority purely and bear no relation to the ancient ordinance by prerogative.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
Manchester had not taken any part in public affairs since the passing of the self-denying ordinances.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson
The centre is shifted from personal union with a personal Saviour by a personal faith to participation in external ordinances.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Assyrians believe the two chief ordinances are the Lord's supper and baptism.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
At these meetings new ordinances were passed, officers elected, and other business transacted.
"An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England" by Edward Potts Cheyney
On the 24th of January the old Cathedral in New York witnessed the solemn ceremony of an ordination, and the Rev.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 1, January 1886" by Various
An awful silence succeeded the stormy struggle that ended in the violation of the ordinance of 1787.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
I was about to proceed with the holy ordinance when Elsie stopped me.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
The rulers knew that such an ordinance would not be obeyed.
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
Within this inclosure Khama holds his general assemblies when he has some address to deliver to the people or some ordinance to proclaim.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
Ordinance of 1787, 389.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
It appeared that there was an ordinance against allowing cattle to be driven on the streets of New York.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
Then they had gone back to their places to await the ordination.
"The Missionary" by George Griffith
These regulations they had laid on men's shoulders, but they were not at all Divine ordinances.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
No ordinance against street speaking at Wetmore and Hewitt then existed.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith
The parsons have many creases in their surplices, and they shake a fresh ordinance out of every crease.
"Pretty Michal" by Mór Jókai
Pierre Corteiz was therefore sent to seek ordination.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
During the ordination and sacramental services I sought in vain for a humble heavenly mind.
"Henry Martyn Saint and Scholar" by George Smith

In poetry:

My face isn't pretty,
Nor is it quite plain —
I suppose it's an ordin'ry
Face in the main.
"My Face" by Anonymous British
I will not say "God's ordinance
Of death is blown in every wind;"
For that is not a common chance
That takes away a noble mind.
"To J. S." by Alfred Lord Tennyson
With pleasing frames and grace received,
With means and ordinances fed;
How happy for a while I lived,
And little feared the want of bread.
"Plenty In A Time Of Dearth" by John Newton
That beauty such as thine
Can die indeed,
Were ordinance too wantonly malign:
No wit may reconcile so cold a creed
With beauty such as thine.
"Beauty's Metempsychosis" by William Watson
Having found you. Was it by fall of chance?
Then what a stake against what odds I have won!
Was it determined in God's ordinance?
Then wondrous love and pity for His son!
"Long Odds" by Aleister Crowley
She was Thine when unborn ere the day of her breathing,
With wisdom and knowledge by Thee she was fed,
And to Thee for her ordinance looks, and subsistence,
Indebted to Thee for her water and bread.
"My Soul Shall Declare" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol

In news:

LOS ANGELES— On Tuesday, January 10, the Los Angeles City Council voted 10-0 to direct the city attorney and Department of Building and Safety to draft a " clean hands " ordinance modeled after an L.A.
Green laser ordinance heading back to Horry County Council .
Northampton County Council Thursday night overwhelmingly defeated a proposed ordinance that would have increased the county executive's salary by $10,000 per year beginning in 2014.
MANASQUAN – The Borough Council introduced an ordinance Tuesday night that will prohibit the retail sale of dogs and cats.
Chicago aldermen say a new ordinance should deter the theft of recyclable materials.
Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance Appeal Forming.
The Nevada County Board of Supervisors voted to approve two versions of a Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance on a 4 to 1 vote yesterday and the crowd of over 200 people in the audience immediately erupted into shouts of disapproval.
According to the state ordinance, the level released must not exceed 106 decibels .
Chicago Pot Decriminalization Ordinance Puff-Puff-Passes Over Tokin' Resistance.
Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins shows other port officials an new ordinance on the books that protects against derelict boats.
A new ordinance halts Cook County Jail compliance with immigration detainers.
Boulder shoppers will have to pay a 10-cent fee for each paper and plastic bag they use at the grocery store starting in July under an ordinance approved Tuesday night by the City Council.
A city advisory committee is considering an ordinance calling for a prohibition on plastic carryout bags at stores in the city.
Council trio pushes for more ground-floor retail downtown Three council members call for fresh look at zoning ordinance to protect shopping environment.
Is there a noise ordinance anywhere.

In science:

Constructibility theory in SO corresponds to a natural recursion theory on ordinals.
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
It is well-known that a model of Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory with the axiom of choice is determined by its sets of ordinals [Jec02, Theorem 13.28].
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
The second sort corresponds to sets of ordinals.
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
In Chapter 4, we carry out constructibility theory within SO using a specific kind of recursion theory on ordinals (∗-recursion) which might be of independent interest.
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
It is obvious that the structure composed of the ordinals and sets of ordinals in ZFC basically satisfies SO (for technical details see proposition 3).
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
The SO-ordinals will be interpreted by the ordinals in ZFC.
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
Clearly the theory SO is designed to describes the properties of ordinals and sets of ordinals in a ZFC-model, so the validity of the axioms is immediately verified.
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
Then we define FSV by assigning to a code for an ordinal the rank (after removing the botelement) of its top-element and to a code for a set of ordinals the set of images of its e∈-elements.
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
We shall see that the ∗-recursive sets of ordinals are exactly the constructible sets of ordinals.
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
To distinguish ordinal numbers from sets, we fix a maximal height α for ordinals we want to deal with and code sets by (name, α).
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
Let hαε : ε < λi list E in increasing order and without loss of generality α0 = 0, α1+ε is a limit ordinal (only the limit ordinals of S count).
Abstract elementary classes near aleph_1
For notational simplicity: M ∈ Kλ , |M | an ordinal ⇒ |F(M )| an ordinal.
Abstract elementary classes near aleph_1
D(ζ ) satisfies this but “Aα D(ζ ) thinks that the countable ordinals are well ordered” hence for some d, Aα D(ζ ) |= “d is a countable ordinal > γ ” for each γ < δ and we have Aα D(ζ ) |= “gtpL0 (¯a, Nd1 , Nd2 ).
Abstract elementary classes near aleph_1
Let γ be the least ordinal such that if M is an n-generated model of T of ordinal rank, then rk(M) < γ .
On Finitely Generated Models of Theories with at Most Countably Many Nonisomorphic Finitely Generated Models
Let γ be the least ordinal such that there exists an n-generated model of T of ordinal rank γ .
On Finitely Generated Models of Theories with at Most Countably Many Nonisomorphic Finitely Generated Models