- attractiveness, esp. Sex appeal. [origin uncertain]
n. - a drama set to music for singers and instrumentalists. B this as a genre.
- opera-house. [italian from latin, = labour, work]
- pl. Of *opus.
v. (-ning) (often foll. By that) literary hold or express as an opinion. [latin opinor believe]
n. Drug made from the juice of a certain poppy, used esp. As an analgesic and narcotic. [latin from greek opion]
adj. Of the eye or sight (optic nerve). [greek optos seen]
—n. - a curved course of a planet, satellite, etc. B one complete passage around a body.
- range or sphere of action.
- eye socket. —v. (-t-) 1 move in orbit round.
- put into orbit. orbiter n. [latin orbitus circular]
in council n. Executive order, often approved by parliament but not debated.
- of the day n. - prevailing state of things.
- principal action, procedure, or programme.
- —n. - a condition in which every part, unit, etc. Is in its right place; tidiness. B specified sequence, succession, etc. (alphabetical order; the order of events).
- authoritative command, direction, instruction, etc.
- state of obedience to law, authority, etc.
- a direction to supply or pay something. B goods etc. To be supplied.
- social class; its members (the lower orders).
- kind; sort (talents of a high order).
- constitution or nature of the world, society, etc. (the moral order; the order of things).
- taxonomic rank below a class and above a family.
- religious fraternity with a common rule of life. 10 grade of the christian ministry. 11 any of the five classical styles of architecture (doric order). 12 a company of persons distinguished by a particular honour (order of the garter). B insignia worn by its members. 13 eccl. The stated form of divine service (the order of confirmation). 14 system of rules or procedure (at meetings etc.) (point of order). —v. - command; bid; prescribe.
- command or direct (a person) to a specified destination (ordered them home).
- direct a waiter, tradesman, etc. To supply (ordered dinner; ordered a new suit).
- (often as ordered adj.) Put in order; regulate (an ordered life).
- (of god, fate, etc.) Ordain. in (or out of) order 1 in the correct (or incorrect) sequence or position.
- fit (or not fit) for use.
- according (or not according) to the rules at a meeting etc. In order that with the intention; so that. In order to with the purpose of doing; with a view to. Of (or in) the order of approximately. On order ordered but not yet received. Order about command officiously. To order as specified by the customer. [latin ordo ordin- row, command, etc.]
n. - a musical instrument having pipes supplied with air from bellows and operated by keyboards and pedals. B instrument producing similar sounds electronically. C harmonium.
- a part of an animal or plant body serving a particular function (vocal organs; digestive organs). B esp. Joc. Penis.
- medium of communication, esp. A newspaper representing a party or interest. [greek organon tool]
n. (in full oriel window) projecting window of an upper storey. [french]
n. - a kind of iris.
- = *orris root. [alteration of *iris]
- root n. Fragrant iris root used in perfumery etc.