orderly
I. adjective Date: 1570 1. a. (1) arranged or disposed in some order or pattern ; regular <
orderly rows of houses
>
(2) marked by order ; tidy <
keeps an orderly desk
>
b. governed by law ; regulated <
an orderly universe
>
c. methodical <
an orderly mind
>
2. well behaved ; peaceful <
an orderly crowd
>
orderly adverb II. noun (plural -lies) Date: 1781 1. a soldier assigned to perform various services (as carrying messages) for a superior officer 2. a hospital attendant who does routine or heavy work (as cleaning, carrying supplies, or moving patients)

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  • orderly — adj Orderly, methodical, systematic, regular are comparable when they mean following closely a set arrangement, design, or pattern. Orderly implies observance of due sequence or proper arrangement especially in the harmonious or careful… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Orderly — Or der*ly, a. 1. Conformed to order; in order; regular; as, an orderly course or plan. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Observant of order, authority, or rule; hence, obedient; quiet; peaceable; not unruly; as, orderly children; an orderly community.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • orderly — is used only as an adjective (They behaved in an orderly fashion), not as an adverb. Since the notional adverb orderlily is too awkward to use, in an orderly way is the only alternative …   Modern English usage

  • orderly — [ôr′dər lē] adj. 1. a) neat or tidy in arrangement; in good order b) arranged in, conforming to, or exhibiting some regular order; systematic 2. well behaved; law abiding; peaceful 3. having to do with the recording and transmission of military… …   English World dictionary

  • Orderly — Or der*ly, adv. According to due order; regularly; methodically; duly. [1913 Webster] You are blunt; go to it orderly. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • orderly — [adj1] methodical, organized alike, all together, arranged, businesslike, careful, clean, conventional, correct, exact, fixed, formal, framed, in apple pie order*, in good shape, in order, in shape, methodic, neat, neat as button*, neat as pin*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Orderly — Or der*ly, n.; pl. {Orderlies}. 1. (Mil.) A noncommissioned officer or soldier who attends a superior officer to carry his orders, or to render other service. [1913 Webster] Orderlies were appointed to watch the palace. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • orderly — index meticulous, normal (regular), peaceable, right (suitable), systematic, uniform Burton s Legal …   Law dictionary

  • orderly — ► ADJECTIVE 1) neatly and methodically arranged. 2) well behaved. ► NOUN (pl. orderlies) 1) a hospital attendant responsible for cleaning and other non medical tasks. 2) a soldier who carries orders or performs minor tasks for an officer. DERIVA …   English terms dictionary

  • orderly — or|der|ly1 [ˈo:dəli US ˈo:rdərli] adj 1.) arranged or organized in a sensible or neat way ≠ ↑disorderly in (an) orderly sth ▪ The tools were arranged in orderly rows. ▪ She needs to organize her ideas in a more orderly way. 2.) peaceful or well… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • orderly — [[t]ɔ͟ː(r)də(r)li[/t]] orderlies 1) ADJ GRADED If something is done in an orderly fashion or manner, it is done in a well organized and controlled way. The organizers guided them in orderly fashion out of the building... Despite the violence that …   English dictionary

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