orderly

adjective
or·​der·​ly | \ ˈȯr-dər-lē How to pronounce orderly (audio) \

Definition of orderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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

noun
plural orderlies

Definition of orderly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soldier assigned to perform various services (such as carrying messages) for a superior officer
2 : a hospital attendant who does routine or heavy work (such as cleaning, carrying supplies, or moving patients)

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Other Words from orderly

Adjective

orderly adverb

Examples of orderly in a Sentence

Adjective an orderly arrangement of pictures She sorted the information into orderly categories. Outside the theater, an orderly line of people waited to buy tickets. an orderly crowd of protesters Please exit the building in an orderly fashion.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The lines were orderly, and updates on the vote count—first tens, then hundreds of thousands of ballots cast—were announced on social media as day turned into evening. Timothy Mclaughlin, Wired, "Hong Kong Is a Troubling Case Study in the Death of Democracy," 17 Sep. 2020 In it, two women gaze over an orderly town, while a villager nearby beats away a snake. Lucy Jakub, The New York Review of Books, "Maine’s Sublime Canvas of Contradictions," 12 Sep. 2020 Its job is to help determine demand and pricing for the shares, and help maintain orderly trading at the open. Sonali Basak, Bloomberg.com, "Palantir Hires Citadel Securities for Direct Listing on NYSE," 10 Sep. 2020 Start an orderly, public, transparent process to design a new system. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Recent unrest, Trump and the Republican National Convention, butterflies," 28 Aug. 2020 There is an orderly process of inheritance under the law. Dallas News, "Splitting heirs: Here’s an heir, there’s an heir, everywhere’s an heir," 16 Aug. 2020 The regular, orderly appellate process calls for waiting until the end of the district-court proceedings to raise all claims of error. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "He’ll Eventually Prevail, but Flynn Stands to Lose the Mandamus Fight," 15 Aug. 2020 But the cleaning robots are also doing some psychological work — convincing customers, travelers and patients that spaces are clean and orderly during the pandemic. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, "Robot cleaners are coming, this time to wipe up your coronavirus germs," 8 Sep. 2020 In these crystals, the sodium and chloride ions form regular, orderly structures. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Could “disordered rock salts” bring order to next-gen lithium batteries?," 4 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Black workers are also overrepresented in high-contact essential services, making up 33% of nursing assistants and 39% of hospital orderlies. Jeff Green, Bloomberg.com, "Covid-19 Is Hurting Black Americans More in Almost Every Way," 7 May 2020 And now, so do UPS drivers, and postal workers, and agricultural field hands, and hospital orderlies, and a whole range of people whose jobs require them to continue to work with others despite the dangers and lockdowns. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "How coronavirus will change the US, from where we live to the way we connect," 28 Apr. 2020 The ships can each accommodate up to 1,3000 doctors, nurses, orderlies and ship’s crew, with medical personnel assigned from existing naval hospitals and medical facilities ashore. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Look Inside the Navy Hospital Ships Fighting COVID-19," 27 Mar. 2020 Just as the medical system depends on the lowest paid of the health workers—the orderlies and custodians—the food system, now that restaurants have been limited to takeout and delivery, depends on a whole cadre of men pedalling bicycles. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Coronavirus Crisis Reveals New York at Its Best and Worst," 23 Mar. 2020 The doctors—and nurses, orderlies, pharmacists, administrative staff, and others—are also trying to understand how the disease works and what distinguishes it from other illnesses with similar symptoms. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "5 reasons coronavirus statistics seem inconsistent," 24 Feb. 2020 The trio are some combination of orderlies and couriers, riding motorcycles through lethal terrain—marked with stakes to show where the bombs lie—to ferry patients or secure supplies. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Laos’s Forgotten War," 29 Jan. 2020 Most direct patient care at UTH is provided not by nurses or orderlies, but family members. Oliver Staley, Quartz Africa, "Zambia has 17 million people, a stroke epidemic, and no neurologists," 30 Dec. 2019 White patients, white doctors, white nurses, white orderlies. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of orderly

Adjective

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of orderly was in 1553

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24 Sep 2020

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“Orderly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orderly. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for orderly

orderly

adjective
How to pronounce orderly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of orderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: arranged or organized in a logical or regular way
: peaceful or well-behaved

orderly

noun

English Language Learners Definition of orderly (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who works in a hospital and does various jobs (such as moving patients or cleaning)
: a soldier who performs various services (such as carrying messages) for a superior officer

orderly

adjective
or·​der·​ly | \ ˈȯr-dər-lē How to pronounce orderly (audio) \

Kids Definition of orderly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having a neat arrangement : tidy an orderly room
2 : obeying commands or rules : well-behaved an orderly meeting orderly children

orderly

noun
plural orderlies

Kids Definition of orderly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soldier who works for an officer especially to carry messages
2 : a person who does cleaning and general work in a hospital

orderly

noun
or·​der·​ly | \ -lē How to pronounce orderly (audio) \
plural orderlies

Medical Definition of orderly

: a hospital attendant who does routine or heavy work (as carrying supplies or moving patients)

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