• WordNet 3.6
    • v ordinate bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation "align the wheels of my car","ordinate similar parts"
    • v ordinate appoint to a clerical posts "he was ordained in the Church"
    • n ordinate the value of a coordinate on the vertical axis
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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
    • n Ordinate (Geom) The distance of any point in a curve or a straight line, measured on a line called the axis of ordinates or on a line parallel to it, from another line called the axis of abscissas, on which the corresponding abscissa of the point is measured.☞ The ordinate and abscissa, taken together, are called coördinates, and define the position of the point with reference to the two axes named, the intersection of which is called the origin of coördinates. In a typical two-dimensional plot, viewed on a plane graph in its normal orientation with perpendicular axes, the ordinate is the vertical axis; when the axes are labeled as x and y, it is the y-axis. See Coordinate.
    • v. t Ordinate To appoint, to regulate; to harmonize.
    • a Ordinate Well-ordered; orderly; regular; methodical. "A life blissful and ordinate ."
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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.
    • ordinate Regular.
    • ordinate Well-regulated; orderly; proper; due.
    • ordinate In entomology, placed in one or more regular rows: as, ordinate spines, punctures, spots, etc.
    • n ordinate In analytical geometry, a line used to determine the position of a point in space, drawn from the point to the axis of abscissas and parallel to the axis of ordinates. See abscissa, and Cartesian coördinates (under Cartesian).
    • ordinate To ordain; appoint.
    • ordinate To direct; dispose.
    • n ordinate Any one of a set of parallel chords of a conic in relation to the diameter bisecting them. What in this sense was called semiordinate is now usually called ordinate.
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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 Ordinate in order: regular
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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. ordinatus, p. p. of ordinare,. See Ordain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ordre—L. ordo, -inis.


In literature:

The earl of Alencon came to the battle right ordinately and fought with the Englishmen, and the earl of Flanders also on his part.
"Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)" by Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed
Elder Malby performed the ordinance.
"Story of Chester Lawrence" by Nephi Anderson
The ordination of presbyters with imposition of the hands of the presbytery, after praying and fasting, is a divine ordinance.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
The class of numerals known as ordinals must be placed here, as having the same function as demonstrative adjectives.
"An English Grammar" by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
I remark, again, we must seek God through church ordinances.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
The Senator thinks that this result is not attributable to the ordinance.
"American Eloquence, Volume III. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
There seem to be only two ways in which this co-ordination can be satisfactorily effected.
"Against Home Rule (1912)" by Various
Therefore, according to the ordinance, thou canst certainly bestow thyself.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
It was as if ordinance had gone forth that their eyes should be banded with invisibility.
"New York Times Current History: The European War, Vol 2, No. 1, April, 1915" by Various
Thus the co-ordination decided upon by the General in Chief attained its end.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915" by Various

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
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
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:

Dog ordinances, saving golf course.
Bessemer 's new no-smoking ordinance takes effect in 30 days.
A new city ordinance could curb panhandling on major city roads, but is it really about keeping people safe.
Chicken ordinance not cooked yet — Planning Commission gets another chance to hatch a better plan.
The Village Council last week unanimously approved the preliminary reading of an ordinance that would legalize and regulate dogs in outdoor dining areas.
Panhandling ordinance gets first reading Nov 13.
Commission Holds First Reading of New Nuisance Ordinance.
Stephens County Commissioners take an official step towards updating the county's nuisance ordinance.
On Tuesday, the county commission held a first reading and public hearing of proposed changes to the county's nuisance ordinance.
Council approves first reading of zoning ordinance, takes out grass-parking section.
Macon County residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on amendments to the county's flood damage prevention and watershed ordinances at a public hearing on Feb 11.
The ordinance was one of the strongest measures in the nation restricting local involvement in activities related to nuclear weapons.
The freeholders recently adopted an ordinance that would fund other improvements and safety measures.
County Board President Toni Preckwinkle backs the proposed ordinance.
As I read in last week's Hunterdon County Democrat that the Delaware Township Committee has proposed yet another ordinance with hefty fines in our stressed economy, directed at property maintenance.

In science:

So the least ordinal β with A 6∈ T + P ↓ β is always a successor ordinal.
Towards a Systematic Account of Different Semantics for Logic Programs
Let µ ≥ LS(K), κ, λ be ordinals and β a positive ordinal.
Galois-stability for Tame Abstract Elementary Classes
PPN parameters, ρ is the density of rest masses in the local frame of the matter, ~v is the ordinary (co-ordinate) velocity of the rest mass relative to the 2 ∆2(cid:17) ∼= 4 and so Eq.(26) can be PPN co-ordinate frame.
Newtonian Gravitomagnetism and analysis of Earth Satellite Results
Fig. 7.— Distribution of submillimeter S/N at the positions of the Spitzer sources (shaded histogram, left ordinates) compared with the distribution of S/N over the entire SCUBA map (open histogram, right ordinates).
An investigation of the submillimeter background radiation using SCUBA and Spitzer
To see that the sets I ξ ϑ are really ideals note that ordinals of the form ω ξ and only those ordinals are indecomposable , i. e., are not sums of a pair of smaller ordinals, hence, the set {A ⊆ ϑ : otp A < γ } is an ideal iff γ = ω ξ for some ξ .
Varia: Ideals and Equivalence Relations, beta-version