Definition of Ordinal

1. Noun. The number designating place in an ordered sequence.

Exact synonyms: No., Ordinal Number
Generic synonyms: Number
Specialized synonyms: First, Number 1, Number One

2. Adjective. Of or relating to a taxonomic order. "Family and ordinal names of animals and plants"
Partainyms: Order

3. Adjective. Being or denoting a numerical order in a series. "Held an ordinal rank of seventh"
Similar to: Zero, Zeroth, 1st, First, 2d, 2nd, Second, 3rd, Tertiary, Third, 4th, Fourth, Quaternary, 5th, Fifth, 6th, Sixth, 7th, Seventh, 8th, Eighth, 9th, Ninth, 10th, Tenth, 11th, Eleventh, 12th, Twelfth, 13th, Thirteenth, 14th, Fourteenth, 15th, Fifteenth, 16th, Sixteenth, 17th, Seventeenth, 18th, Eighteenth, 19th, Nineteenth, Umpteenth, Umptieth, Umteenth, 20th, Twentieth, 21st, Twenty-first, 22nd, Twenty-second, 23rd, Twenty-third, 24th, Twenty-fourth, 25th, Twenty-fifth, 26th, Twenty-sixth, 27th, Twenty-seventh, 28th, Twenty-eighth, 29th, Twenty-ninth, 30th, Thirtieth, 31st, Thirty-first, 32nd, Thirty-second, 33rd, Thirty-third, 34th, Thirty-fourth, 35th, Thirty-fifth, 36th, Thirty-sixth, 37th, Thirty-seventh, 38th, Thirty-eighth, 39th, Thirty-ninth, 40th, Fortieth, 41st, Forty-first, 42nd, Forty-second, 43rd, Forty-third, 44th, Forty-fourth, 45th, Forty-fifth, 46th, Forty-sixth, 47th, Forty-seventh, 48th, Forty-eighth, 49th, Forty-ninth, 50th, Fiftieth, 55th, Fifty-fifth, 60th, Sixtieth, 64th, Sixty-fourth, 65th, Sixty-fifth, 70th, Seventieth, 75th, Seventy-fifth, 80th, Eightieth, 85th, Eighty-fifth, 90th, Ninetieth, 95th, Ninety-fifth, 100th, Centesimal, Hundredth, 101st, Hundred-and-first, 105th, Hundred-and-fifth, 110th, Hundred-and-tenth, 115th, Hundred-and-fifteenth, 120th, Hundred-and-twentieth, 125th, Hundred-and-twenty-fifth, 130th, Hundred-and-thirtieth, 135th, Hundred-and-thirty-fifth, 140th, Hundred-and-fortieth, 145th, Hundred-and-forty-fifth, 150th, Hundred-and-fiftieth, 155th, Hundred-and-fifty-fifth, 160th, Hundred-and-sixtieth, 165th, Hundred-and-sixty-fifth, 170th, Hundred-and-seventieth, 175th, Hundred-and-seventy-fifth, 180th, Hundred-and-eightieth, 190th, Hundred-and-ninetieth, 200th, Two-hundredth, 300th, Three-hundredth, 400th, Four-hundredth, 500th, Five-hundredth, 1000th, Thousandth, Millionth, Billionth, Trillionth, Quadrillionth, Quintillionth, N-th, Nth
Antonyms: Cardinal

Definition of Ordinal

1. a. Indicating order or succession; as, the ordinal numbers, first, second, third, etc.

2. n. A word or number denoting order or succession.

Definition of Ordinal

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

2. Noun. An ordinal number such as first, second and third. ¹

3. Noun. A book used in the ordination of Anglican ministers, or in certain Roman Catholic services ¹

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Definition of Ordinal

1. a number designating position in a series [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ordinal

1. 1. A word or number denoting order or succession. 2. The book of forms for making, ordaining, and consecrating bishops, priests, and deacons. 3. A book containing the rubrics of the Mass. Alternative forms: ordinale. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Ordinal Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ordinal

ordering out
orderly sergeant
orders of magnitude
orders of operations
orders out
ordinal (current term)
ordinal adjective
ordinal direction
ordinal indicator
ordinal indicators
ordinal number
ordinal numbers
ordinal rank
ordinal scale
ordinal scales
ordinal variable
ordinal variables

Literary usage of Ordinal

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1. The Theory of Functions of a Real Variable and the Theory of Fourier's Series by Ernest William Hobson (1907)
"(1) follows from the fact that each «„ is the ordinal number of a segment of ... exists, of which ft is the ordinal number, and therefore the element which ..."

2. History of the Church of England: From the Abolition of the Roman Jurisdiction by Richard Watson Dixon (1902)
"To this it referred in a manner that might make the unwary think that the English ordinal was composed in Henry's reign.* It evolved Edward, Philip and Mary ..."

3. A Historical French Grammar by Arsène Darmesteter (1902)
"NOUNS OF ORDER, OR ordinal NOUNS. (i) The Popular Latin masculine and feminine forms for first were primus, prima; in Old French these became prin ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"ordinal and Cardinal Numbers.—One of the primary distinctions in the use of number is between ordinal and cardinal numbers, or rather between the ordinal ..."

5. A New Logic by Charles Arthur Mercier (1912)
"The Semi-definite ordinal term is characterised by an ordinal number followed by ... The Definite ordinal is an ordinal number—the first, the second, etc. ..."

6. The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham (1855)
"Considering that, compared with the other ordinals, the ordinal of one is a sort ... In the present German, the ordinal is zweite, a word etymologi- cally ..."

7. Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar by Wilhelm Gesenius (1859)
"The ordinal numbers from 2 to 10 are expressed by the corresponding cardinals with the termination 4— (§ 86, No. 5), in addition to which another n— is ..."

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