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.

(Or"di*na*ry*ship) n. The state of being an ordinary. [R.] Fuller.

(Or"di*nate) a. [L. ordinatus, p. p. of ordinare. See Ordain.] Well-ordered; orderly; regular; methodical. "A life blissful and ordinate." Chaucer.

Ordinate figure(Math.), a figure whose sides and angles are equal; a regular figure.

(Or"di*nate), n. (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. See Coordinate.

(Or"di*nate) v. t. To appoint, to regulate; to harmonize. Bp. Hall.

(Or"di*nate*ly) adv. In an ordinate manner; orderly. Chaucer. Skelton.

(Or`di*na"tion) n. [L. ordinatio: cf. F. ordination.]

1. The act of ordaining, appointing, or setting apart; the state of being ordained, appointed, etc.

The holy and wise ordination of God.
Jer. Taylor.

Virtue and vice have a natural ordination to the happiness and misery of life respectively.

2. (Eccl.) The act of setting apart to an office in the Christian ministry; the conferring of holy orders.

3. Disposition; arrangement; order. [R.]

Angle of ordination(Geom.), the angle between the axes of coördinates.

(Or"di*na*tive) a. [L. ordinativus.] Tending to ordain; directing; giving order. [R.] Gauden.

(Or"di*na`tor) n. [L.] One who ordains or establishes; a director. [R.] T. Adams.

5. 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.

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

6. (Her.) 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.

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