• WordNet 3.6
    • n ordinance the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders "the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"
    • n ordinance a statute enacted by a city government
    • n ordinance an authoritative rule
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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
    • Ordinance 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; as, a municipal ordinance . "Thou wilt die by God's just ordinance .""By custom and the ordinance of times.""Walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless."
    • Ordinance (Eccl) An established rite or ceremony.
    • Ordinance Orderly arrangement; preparation; provision. "They had made their ordinance Of victual, and of other purveyance."
    • Ordinance Ordnance; cannon.
    • Ordinance Rank; order; station.
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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.
    • n ordinance Ordering; disposition; arrangement.
    • n ordinance Orderly disposition; proper arrangement; regular order; due proportion.
    • n ordinance Order; rank; dignity; position.
    • n ordinance Preparation; provision; array; arrangement.
    • n ordinance An appliance; an appointment; an arrangement; equipment: as, ordinance of war; hence, specifically, cannon; ordnance. See ordnance.
    • n ordinance Established state or condition; regular or established mode of action; proceeding as regulated by authority.
    • n ordinance 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. In modern usage the term covers all the standing regulations adopted by a municipal corporation; or, in other words, the local laws and internal regulations passed by the governing body, and calculated to have permanent or continuous operation, as distinguished from resolutions, which are orders of temporary character or intended to meet a special occasion. Thus, an order forbidding fireworks in the streets is an ordinance; one appropriating money for celebrating a holiday is a resolution. Abbreviated ord.
    • n ordinance Eccles., a religious ceremony, rite, or practice established by authority: as, the ordinance of baptism.
    • n ordinance In architecture, arrangement; system; order: said of a part or detail as well as of an architectural whole.
    • n ordinance Synonyms Edict, Decree, etc. See law.
    • ordinance To arm with ordnance.
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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.
    • n Ordinance that which is ordained by authority: a law: a religious practice or right established by authority
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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
OE. ordenance, OF. ordenance, F. ordonnance,. See Ordain, and cf. Ordnance Ordonnance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ordener (Fr. ordonner)—L. ordināre, -ātumordo.


In literature:

The first organization of a church at Amoy under our care, by the ordination of a Consistory, took place in 1856.
"History and Ecclesiastical Relations of the Churches of the Presbyterial Order at Amoy, China" by J. V. N. Talmage
Adjustment, co-ordination, must somehow be secured.
"Essays in Liberalism" by Various
Both voted against the ordinance of secession, April 17, 1861.
"History and Comprehensive Description of Loudoun County, Virginia" by James W. Head
But the adoption of secession ordinances and the assumption of independent authority was not enough for the Cotton Republic.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 4" by Various
Many of the ordinances of the church are performed in secret and are still more complicated.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 5" by Various
She dresses with expense and variety, because it is the first ordinance of her master.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
Local building ordinances sharply limit the type and size of structure.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
Do I delight in the ordinances of his house?
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
Thereupon an ordinance from Roma ordered an inspection.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIV, 1630-34" by Various
Non solum tubas audio sed etiam ordines militum et carros impedimentorum plenos videre possum.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge

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
Inviolable and consecrate:
Edgeways and staggering descends
The sun; rain vanishes;
A bonus of bright light comes back.
Hawaii keeps the ordinance: Tapu!
Even far Tahiti now is still, perhaps.
"Hawaii" by Padraic Colum

In news:

The ordinance is a generic model used by communities all over Ohio, he said.
Mandatory garbage ordinance established by Caraway Council.
The Caraway City Council established new mandatory garbage ordinance regulations at the Thursday, Oct 11, council meeting.
The Clayton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) had the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday that -- if approved -- would make the board's vice chairmanship an internally elected position, rather than a rotating one.
Tuesday night the Anchorage Assembly voted 10-1 in favor of an ordinance that would suspend the chauffeur 's licenses of cab drivers charged of sexual assaults or rapes.
Bedford County officials have approved an ordinance change allowing homeowners to keep chickens.
The Cañon City Planning Commission on Tuesday heard public input regarding a proposed new chapter to the Cañon City Zoning Ordinance.
In 1983, the ordinance had been rewritten specifically to allow the commission to make such decisions following a hearing.
City approves meth clean-up ordinance.
Ordinance would require clear addresses, road names.
Moore County's Animal Control Ordinance Committee packed up its papers, chains, traps and complaints Tuesday night and accepted its revised version of the ordinance.
She sued the city after a police officer issued her a court summons in 2011 for violating the ordinance.
An ordinance regarding setting wages and benefits for village employees was given its second reading.
Garbage truck purchase, storm water ordinance approved by Collierville board.
Across the country, there has been a rapid increase in requests for cities and counties to pass ordinances adding benefits to same-sex.

In science:

Let On⊤ be the posetal category of ordinals (i.e., given ordinals α, β there is an arrow α −→ β if and only if α ≤ β ) augmented by a terminal ob ject ⊤.
Exercices de style: A homotopy theory for set theory II
Find the point with maximum x co-ordinate and minimum x co-ordinate [Lemma 2.1].
Efficient cache oblivious algorithms for randomized divide-and-conquer on the multicore model
However the co-ordinate system and referance frames are not independent, for example in one referance frame one set of co-ordinates may be important while it could change in other referance frame.
Observers and Velocity Measurements in Static Spherically Symmetric Space-time: A General Relativistic Prescription
Extending this observation, we formulate in Theorem 5.2 a general acyclicity criterion in terms of a certain “ordinal Euler characteristic ” (since we do not have a wellbehaved subtraction, this is in fact a pair of two ordinals).
Semi-addivitity and acyclicity
An ordinal α is called a successor ordinal if it has an immediate predecessor, denoted simply α − 1.
Semi-addivitity and acyclicity