Re: 3vl 2vl and NULL
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 11:43:42 +0200
"David Cressey" <dcressey_at_verizon.net> wrote in message
> "Hugo Kornelis" <hugo_at_perFact.REMOVETHIS.info> wrote
> > On 15 Jan 2006 21:01:28 -0800, vc wrote:
> > >
> > >Hugo Kornelis wrote:
> > >[...]
> > >
> > >> All natural numbers are order number too.
> > >
> > >
> > >What's an 'order number' ?
> > Hi vc,
> > The number that is assigned to an order. You'll see it on the order
> > confirmation, on the invoice, and probably on the packing list as well.
> I would have called this an "ordinal number". Are we talking about the
Funny thing this human language :-)
or-der (ôr'duhr) n., v. <-dered, -der-ing>
n. 1. an authoritative direction or instruction; command. 2. the disposition of things following one after another; succession or sequence: alphabetical order. 3. a condition in which each thing is properly disposed with reference to other things and to its purpose; methodical or harmonious arrangement. 4. formal disposition or array. 5. proper, satisfactory, or working condition. 6. state or condition generally: in good working order. 7. conformity or obedience to law or established authority: to maintain law and order. 8. customary mode of procedure; established practice or usage. 9. the customary or prescribed mode of proceeding in debates, legislative bodies, meetings, etc.: parliamentary rules of order. 10. prevailing course or arrangement of things; established system or regime: The old order is changing. 11. a direction or commission to make, provide, or furnish something. 12. a quantity of goods or items purchased or sold. 13. a portion of food requested or served in a restaurant. 14. Math. a. degree, as in algebra. b. the number of rows or columns of a square matrix or determinant. c. the number of times a function has been differentiated to produce a given derivative: a second-order derivative. d. the highest derivative appearing in a given differential equation. e. the number of elements of a given group. 15. a class, kind, or sort distinguished from others by character or rank: talents of a high order. 16. Biol. the usual major subdivision of a class or subclass in the classification of organisms, consisting of one or more families. 17. a rank or class of persons in a community. 18. a group or body of persons of the same profession, occupation, or pursuits. 19. a body or society of persons living by common consent under the same religious, moral, or social regulations. 20. any of the degrees or grades of clerical office. Compare MAJOR ORDER, MINOR ORDER. 21. a monastic society or fraternity: the Franciscan order. 22. any of the nine grades of angels in medieval angelology. Compare ANGEL (DEF. 1). 23. a written direction to pay money or deliver goods, given by a person legally entitled to dispose of it. 24. Archit. a. an arrangement of columns with an entablature. b. any of five styles of column and entablature typical of classical architecture, including the Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, and Composite styles. 25. <orders> the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister. 26. Usu., <orders.> the rite or sacrament of ordination. 27. a prescribed form of religious service or of administration of a rite. 28. a society or fraternity of knights, of combined military and monastic character, as the medieval Knights Templars. 29. an organization or fraternal society in some way resembling the knightly orders. 30. (cap.). a. a special honor or rank conferred by a sovereign upon a person for distinguished achievement. b. the insignia worn by such persons. v.t. 31. to give an order or command to. 32. to direct or command to go or come as specified: She ordered them out of her house. 33. to direct to be made or supplied: to order a copy of a book. 34. to prescribe. 35. to regulate, conduct, or manage. 36. to arrange methodically or suitably. 37. Math. to arrange (the elements of a set) so that if one element precedes another, it cannot be preceded by the other or by elements that the other precedes. 38. to ordain. v.i. 39. to give an order or issue orders. Idiom 40. <a tall> or <large order> a difficult or formidable task. 41. <call to order> to begin (a meeting). 42. <in order>. a. rightful and proper; appropriate: An apology is certainly in order. b. properly arranged or prepared; ready. c. correct according to the rules of parliamentary procedure. 43. <in order that> so that; to the end that. 44. <in order to> as a means to; with the purpose of. 45. <in short order> with promptness or speed; rapidly. 46. <on order> ordered but not yet received. 47. <on the order of>. a. resembling to some extent; like. b. approximately; about. 48. <out of order>. a. not in correct sequence or arrangement. b. inappropriate; unsuitable. c. not operating properly; in disrepair. d. incorrect according to the rules of parliamentary procedure. 49. <to order> according to the purchaser's requirements or stipulations. [1175-1225; ME ordre < OF < L ordinem, acc. of ordo row, rank, regular arrangement] Derived words --or'der-a-ble, adj. --or'der-er, n. --or'der-less, adj.
It is all crystal clear now, isn't it ? :-) Received on Wed Jan 18 2006 - 10:43:42 CET