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Meaning of ordinal by Wiktionary Dictionary

ordinal


    Etymology

    Latin ordinalis, adjective formed from noun ordo, order, + adjective suffix -alis

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɔː( ɹ ).dɪ.nəl/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɔːɹd.nəl/

    Adjective

    ordinal ( not comparable )

    1. Of a number, indicating position in a sequence .

    Derived terms

    Related terms

    Coordinate terms

    • nominal, cardinal, interval, ratio

    See also

    • Ordinal on Wikipedia .
    • Level of measurement on Wikipedia .

    Noun

    ordinal ( plural: ordinals )

    1. An ordinal number such as first, second and third .
      The most common numerals in Latin, as in English, are the "cardinals"...and the "ordinals"... — F. M. Wheelock, Wheelock’s Latin, 6th ed. revised ( 2005 ), p97
    2. A book used in the ordination of Anglican ministers, or in certain Roman Catholic services

    Anagrams

    • Lorinda


Explanation of ordinal by Wordnet Dictionary

ordinal


    Adjective
    1. being or denoting a numerical order in a series

    2. ordinal numbers
      held an ordinal rank of seventh
    3. of or relating to a taxonomic order

    4. family and ordinal names of animals and plants
    Noun
    1. the number designating place in an ordered sequence



    Definition of ordinal by GCIDE Dictionary

    ordinal


    1. Ordinal a. [L. ordinalis, fr. ordo, ordinis, order. See Order.]
      1. Indicating order or succession; as, “the ordinal numbers, first, second, third, etc.” Contrasted to cardinal.

      2. Of or pertaining to an order.

    2. Ordinal, n.
      1. A word or number denoting order or succession.

      2. ( Ch. of Eng. ) The book of forms for making, ordaining, and consecrating bishops, priests, and deacons.

      3. ( R. C. Ch. ) A book containing the rubrics of the Mass. [Written also ordinale.]