• WordNet 3.6
    • n ordination the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders "the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"
    • n ordination logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"
    • n ordination the status of being ordained to a sacred office
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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
    • Ordination Disposition; arrangement; order.
    • Ordination The act of ordaining, appointing, or setting apart; the state of being ordained, appointed, etc. "The holy and wise ordination of God.""Virtue and vice have a natural ordination to the happiness and misery of life respectively."
    • Ordination (Eccl) The act of setting apart to an office in the Christian ministry; the conferring of holy orders.
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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 ordination Disposition as in ranks or rows; formal arrangement; array.
    • n ordination 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. In episcopal churches, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Greek and other Oriental churches, and the Anglican Church, ordination consists in imposition of hands by a bishop upon the candidate, thus admitting him to one of the holy orders, and conferring on him the powers of that order and authority to perform its functions. The act of elevation to the episcopate is in strict technical use called consecration, not ordination. Ordination in its wider sense includes admission to the minor orders, which are usually conferred in the Roman Catholic Church by a bishop, but can be bestowed by an abbot, the act of admission consisting in the tradition (delivery) of the instruments. In Presbyterian churches the power of ordination rests with the presbytery, who appoint one or more of their number to conduct the ordination ceremonies, which include laying on of hands. In Congregational and Baptist churches ordination is customarily performed by the pastors of other churches (of the same denomination), but is regarded as necessary only for the preservation of church order; and the service is regarded as conferring no special religious authority. See institution, induction, installation.
    • n ordination Arrangement of parts so as to form a consistent whole; organization; prearrangement; constitution.
    • n ordination Assignment of proper place in an order or series; hence, suitable relation; due proportion.
    • n ordination Appointment; enactment; decree; ordinance.
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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 Ordination the act of ordaining: admission to the Christian ministry by the laying on of hands of a bishop or a presbytery: established order
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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. ordinatio,: cf. F. ordination,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ordener (Fr. ordonner)—L. ordināre, -ātumordo.


In literature:

Reps. 36, declared that the ordinance emancipated the slaves then held there.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Reps. 36, declared that the ordinance emancipated the slaves then held there.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Schools, books, church-going, ordinances of all kinds, they are good.
"Town and Country Sermons" by Charles Kingsley
Pierce seems to have taken his place then; and his name is recorded as voting for the Ordinance.
"Abraham Lincoln" by George Haven Putnam
O Krishna, I am according to the ordinance, the daughter in-law of both Dhritarashtra and Bhishma!
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
His commands reached through rites and ordinances to conduct and character.
"The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible" by R. Heber Newton
Were not the Jews much in duties and outward ordinances?
"Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life" by John Brown (of Wamphray)
A much graver error was the virtual repeal of the ordinance forbidding the sale of arms to the natives.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
The ordinance is therefore called the Ordinance of 1787.
"A Short History of the United States" by Edward Channing
The court of the vill enforced the village ordinances.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly

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
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
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:

Food truck operators will be required to display the same health inspection letter grades as restaurants under an ordinance passed unanimously by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
Do trailer park owners have to abide by the same ordinances.
On a similar subject, the full council approved the ordinance creating a policy on maximum absenteeism for city employees across the board to city employees.
Hearing the early reaction from Cape Coral City Council on an ordinance for it to take on the duties of the Community Redevelopment Agency, those within the CRA couldn't have been very happy.
But some judges say these ordinances violate the First Amendment.
The San Juan County Council is proposing new rules and restrictions on property owners in the county under what they are calling the critical areas ordinance.
At Agape 's 30th anniversary, Gandhi grandson urges ordination of women.
The Bowling Green City Commission passed an ordinance on Tuesday night requiring training for all alcohol beverage servers.
The ordinance amends Chapter 4 of the city's code of ordinances.
So the Salt Lake County Council unanimously voted Tuesday to amend its animal ordinances as they specifically apply to this one park to align city park rules and county law enforcement.
During a Falmouth Town Council meeting on Monday, Aug 27, the topic of a significant commercial sign on Route 1 that was built in violation of existing town ordinances was discussed.
Bad sewage systems, abandoned boat cleanup costs and leaking toilets were all concerns helping prompt passage of 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.
Gascon , supes at odds over sit-lie ordinance.

In science:

The radial coordinate z increases upwards, the transverse co-ordinate y increases to the right.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
An ordinal view of independence with applications to plausible reasoning.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Ordinal conditional functions: a dynamic theory of epistemic states.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
To prove that every ℵ1 tree which is ordinal definable from a real has a branch in V B , we first prove that Ramsey theorem for ℵ1 holds for L(R) partitions.
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1
Abscissa in m behind bunch centre, ordinate in V/(2 pC)/m/mm.
Design of a 3 GHz Accelerator Structure for the CLIC Test Facility (CTF 3) Drive Beam