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OR'DINARY, a. [L. ordinarius.]

1. According to established order; methodical; regular; customary; as the ordinary forms of law or justice.

2. Common; usual.

Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing.

3. Of common rank; not distinguished by superior excellence; as an ordinary reader; men of ordinary judgment.

4. Plain; not handsome; as an ordinary woman; a person of an ordinary form; an ordinary face.

5. Inferior; of little merit; as, the book is an ordinary performance.

6. An ordinary seaman is one not expert or fully skilled.

OR'DINARY, n.

1. In the common and canon law, one who has ordinary or immediate jurisdiction in matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical judge. In England, the bishop of the diocese is commonly the ordinary, and the archbishop is the ordinary of the whole province. The ordinary of assizes and sessions was formerly a deputy of the bishop, appointed to give malefactors their neck-verses. The ordinary of Newgate is one who attends on condemned malefactors to prepare them for death.

2. Settled establishment.

3. Regular price of a meal.

4. A place of eating where the prices are settled.

5. The establishment of persons employed by government to take charge of ships of war laid up in harbors. Hence a ship in ordinary is one laid up under the direction of the master attendant.

In ordinary, in actual and constant service; statedly attending and serving; as a physician or chaplain in ordinary. An embassador in ordinary, is one constantly resident at a foreign court.



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OR'DINARY, a. [L. ordinarius.]

1. According to established order; methodical; regular; customary; as the ordinary forms of law or justice.

2. Common; usual.

Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing.

3. Of common rank; not distinguished by superior excellence; as an ordinary reader; men of ordinary judgment.

4. Plain; not handsome; as an ordinary woman; a person of an ordinary form; an ordinary face.

5. Inferior; of little merit; as, the book is an ordinary performance.

6. An ordinary seaman is one not expert or fully skilled.

OR'DINARY, n.

1. In the common and canon law, one who has ordinary or immediate jurisdiction in matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical judge. In England, the bishop of the diocese is commonly the ordinary, and the archbishop is the ordinary of the whole province. The ordinary of assizes and sessions was formerly a deputy of the bishop, appointed to give malefactors their neck-verses. The ordinary of Newgate is one who attends on condemned malefactors to prepare them for death.

2. Settled establishment.

3. Regular price of a meal.

4. A place of eating where the prices are settled.

5. The establishment of persons employed by government to take charge of ships of war laid up in harbors. Hence a ship in ordinary is one laid up under the direction of the master attendant.

In ordinary, in actual and constant service; statedly attending and serving; as a physician or chaplain in ordinary. An embassador in ordinary, is one constantly resident at a foreign court.

OR'DI-NA-RY, a. [L. ordinarius.]

  1. According to established order; methodical; regular; customary; as, the ordinary forms of law or justice. Addison.
  2. Common; usual. Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing. Addison.
  3. Of common rank; not distinguished by superior excellence; as, an ordinary reader; men of ordinary judgment. Hooker.
  4. Plain; not handsome; as, an ordinary woman; a person of an ordinary form; an ordinary face.
  5. Inferior; of little merit; as; the book is an ordinary performance.
  6. An ordinary seaman is one not expert or fully skilled.

OR'DI-NA-RY, n.

  1. In the common and canon law, one who has ordinary or immediate jurisdiction in matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical judge. In England, the bishop of the diocese is commonly the ordinary, and the archbishop is the ordinary of the whole province. The ordinary of assizes and sessions was formerly a deputy of the bishop appointed to give malefactors their neck-verses. The ordinary of Newgate is one who attends on condemned malefactors to prepare them for death. Encyc.
  2. Settled establishment. Bacon.
  3. Regular price of a meal. Shak.
  4. A place of eating where the prices are settled. Swift.
  5. The establishment of persons employed by government to take charge of ships of war laid up in harbors. Hence a ship in ordinary is one laid up under the direction of the master attendant. In ordinary, in actual and constant service; statedly attending and serving; as, a physician or chaplain in ordinary. An embassador in ordinary, is one constantly resident at a foreign court.

OR'DI-NA-RY, n. [In heraldry, figures frequently found in coat-armor. They are divided into greater ordinaries, which are the pale, the bend, the fess, the chief, the cross, the saltier, the chevron, and the border; and lesser ordinaries, as the fleur-de-lis, the annulet, the lozenge, the martlet, &c. – E. H. B.]


Or"di*na*ry
  1. According to established order; methodical; settled; regular.

    "The ordinary forms of law." Addison.
  2. An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right, and not by deputation.

    (b) (Eng. Law)
  3. Common; customary; usual.

    Shak.

    Method is not less reguisite in ordinary conversation that in writing. Addison.

  4. The mass; the common run.

    [Obs.]

    I see no more in you than in the ordinary
    Of nature's salework.
    Shak.

  5. Of common rank, quality, or ability; not distinguished by superior excellence or beauty; hence, not distinguished in any way; commonplace; inferior; of little merit; as, men of ordinary judgment; an ordinary book.

    An ordinary lad would have acquired little or no useful knowledge in such a way. Macaulay.

    Ordinary seaman (Naut.), one not expert or fully skilled, and hence ranking below an able seaman.

    Syn. -- Normal; common; usual; customary. See Normal. -- Ordinary, Common. A thing is common in which many persons share or partake; as, a common practice. A thing is ordinary when it is apt to come round in the regular common order or succession of events.

  6. That which is so common, or continued, as to be considered a settled establishment or institution.

    [R.]

    Spain had no other wars save those which were grown into an ordinary. Bacon.

  7. Anything which is in ordinary or common use.

    Water buckets, wagons, cart wheels, plow socks, and other ordinaries. Sir W. Scott.

  8. A dining room or eating house where a meal is prepared for all comers, at a fixed price for the meal, in distinction from one where each dish is separately charged; a table d'hôte; hence, also, the meal furnished at such a dining room.

    Shak.

    All the odd words they have picked up in a coffeehouse, or a gaming ordinary, are produced as flowers of style. Swift.

    He exacted a tribute for licenses to hawkers and peddlers and to ordinaries. Bancroft.

  9. A charge or bearing of simple form, one of nine or ten which are in constant use. The bend, chevron, chief, cross, fesse, pale, and saltire are uniformly admitted as ordinaries. Some authorities include bar, bend sinister, pile, and others. See Subordinary.

    In ordinary. (a) In actual and constant service; statedly attending and serving; as, a physician or chaplain in ordinary. An ambassador in ordinary is one constantly resident at a foreign court. (b) (Naut.) Out of commission and laid up; -- said of a naval vessel. -- Ordinary of the Mass (R. C. Ch.), the part of the Mass which is the same every day; -- called also the canon of the Mass.

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Ordinary

OR'DINARY, adjective [Latin ordinarius.]

1. According to established order; methodical; regular; customary; as the ordinary forms of law or justice.

2. Common; usual.

Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing.

3. Of common rank; not distinguished by superior excellence; as an ordinary reader; men of ordinary judgment.

4. Plain; not handsome; as an ordinary woman; a person of an ordinary form; an ordinary face.

5. Inferior; of little merit; as, the book is an ordinary performance.

6. An ordinary seaman is one not expert or fully skilled.

OR'DINARY, noun

1. In the common and canon law, one who has ordinary or immediate jurisdiction in matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical judge. In England, the bishop of the diocese is commonly the ordinary and the archbishop is the ordinary of the whole province. The ordinary of assizes and sessions was formerly a deputy of the bishop, appointed to give malefactors their neck-verses. The ordinary of Newgate is one who attends on condemned malefactors to prepare them for death.

2. Settled establishment.

3. Regular price of a meal.

4. A place of eating where the prices are settled.

5. The establishment of persons employed by government to take charge of ships of war laid up in harbors. Hence a ship in ordinary is one laid up under the direction of the master attendant.

In ordinary in actual and constant service; statedly attending and serving; as a physician or chaplain in ordinary An embassador in ordinary is one constantly resident at a foreign court.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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