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1. A condition of logical or comprehensible arrangement among the separate elements of a group.
a. A condition of methodical or prescribed arrangement among component parts such that proper functioning or appearance is achieved: checked to see that the shipping department was in order.
b. Condition or state in general: The escalator is in good working order.
a. The established system of social organization: "Every revolution exaggerates the evils of the old order" (C. Wright Mills).
b. A condition in which freedom from disorder or disruption is maintained through respect for established authority: finally restored order in the rebellious provinces.
4. A sequence or arrangement of successive things: changed the order of the files.
5. The prescribed form or customary procedure, as in a meeting or court of law: The bailiff called the court to order.
6. An authoritative indication to be obeyed; a command or direction.
a. A command given by a superior military officer requiring obedience, as in the execution of a task.
b. orders Formal written instructions to report for military duty at a specified time and place.
a. A commission or instruction to buy, sell, or supply something.
b. That which is supplied, bought, or sold.
a. A request made by a customer at a restaurant for a portion of food.
b. The food requested.
10. Law A directive or command of a court.
11. Ecclesiastical
a. Any of several grades of the Christian ministry: the order of priesthood.
b. often orders The rank of an ordained Christian minister or priest.
c. often orders The sacrament or rite of ordination.
12. Any of the nine grades or choirs of angels.
13. A group of persons living under a religious rule: Order of Saint Benedict.
14. An organization of people united by a common fraternal bond or social aim.
a. A group of people upon whom a government or sovereign has formally conferred honor for unusual service or merit, entitling them to wear a special insignia: the Order of the Garter.
b. The insignia worn by such people.
16. often orders A social class: the lower orders.
17. A class defined by the common attributes of its members; a kind.
18. Degree of quality or importance; rank: poetry of a high order.
19. Architecture
a. Any of several styles of classical architecture characterized by the type of column and entablature employed. Of the five generally accepted classical orders, the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders are Greek and the Tuscan and Composite orders are Roman.
b. A style of building: a cathedral of the Gothic order.
20. Biology A taxonomic category of organisms ranking above a family and below a class.
21. Mathematics
a. The sum of the exponents to which the variables in a term are raised; degree.
b. An indicated number of successive differentiations to be performed.
c. The number of elements in a finite group.
d. The number of rows or columns in a determinant or matrix.
v. or·dered, or·der·ing, or·ders
a. To issue a command or instruction to: ordered the sailors to stow their gear.
b. To direct to proceed as specified: ordered the intruders off the property.
a. To give a command or instruction for: The judge ordered a recount of the ballots.
b. To request to be supplied with: order eggs and bacon for breakfast.
3. To put into a methodical, systematic arrangement: ordered the books on the shelf. See Synonyms at arrange.
4. To predestine; ordain.
To give an order or orders; request that something be done or supplied.
in order that
So that.
in order to
For the purpose of.
in short order
With no delay; quickly.
on order
Requested but not yet delivered.
on the order of
1. Of a kind or fashion similar to; like: a house on the order of a mountain lodge.
2. Approximately; about: equipment costing on the order of a million dollars.
to order
According to the buyer's specifications.

[Middle English ordre, from Old French, variant of ordene, from Latin ōrdō, ōrdin-; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

or′der·er n.


(Logic) logic any of a number of categories of relations that permit at least some members of their domain to be placed in order. A linear or simple ordering is reflexive, antisymmetric, transitive, and connected, as less than or equal to on the integers. A partial ordering is reflexive, antisymmetric, and transitive, as set inclusion. Either of these orderings is called strict if it is asymmetric instead of reflexive and antisymmetric. It is a well-ordering if every nonempty subset has a least member under the relation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ordering - logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements; "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"
bacteria order - an order of bacteria
word order - the order of words in a text
arrangement - an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging; "a flower arrangement"
genetic code - the ordering of nucleotides in DNA molecules that carries the genetic information in living cells
genome - the ordering of genes in a haploid set of chromosomes of a particular organism; the full DNA sequence of an organism; "the human genome contains approximately three billion chemical base pairs"
series - similar things placed in order or happening one after another; "they were investigating a series of bank robberies"
2.ordering - the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement; "there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"
organisation, organization - the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically; "his organization of the work force was very efficient"
rank order - an arrangement according to rank
grading, scaling - the act of arranging in a graduated series
succession, sequence - the action of following in order; "he played the trumps in sequence"
layout - the act of laying out (as by making plans for something)
alphabetisation, alphabetization - the act of putting in alphabetical order


[ˈɔːdərɪŋ] N (Comm) → pedido m
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Therefore, according to pecking order theory, there is expected to be a direct relationship between cash holdings and firm value in case of information asymmetry.
Pecking order theory was articulated by Myers in 1984.
There are three theories accounting for cash holding: the trade-off theories (Myers, 1977), the pecking order theory (Myers & Majluf, 1984), and the free cash flow theory (Jensen, 1986).
Firms could borrow to achieve an optimal debt ratio, as suggested by the "Tradeoff Theory", or they could be borrowing because their internal funds are not enough to finance them, as explained by the "Pecking Order Theory".
Pecking order theory and free cash flow hypothesis also predict positive relationship between firm size and shareholdings.
As for the Pecking Order theory, by Myers and Majluf (1984) and Myers (1984), the companies follow a preference order by type of financing, preferring internal financing (via internally generated resources) to external financing.
In turn, according to the pecking order theory the MV/ BV indicator reflects current profitability, thus a positive relationship between a probability of dividend payment and this feature characterizing companies (a positive sign of correlation) is predicted.
Results are ambiguous and the majority are in conflict with the prediction of Pecking Order Theory (Myers, 2001; Frank & Goyal, 2003).
However changes in leverage was related positively and significantly with value, in agreement with the static trade-off and contrary to the pecking order theory. Intertemporal, leverage exerted negative signaling effect on firm value in line with the negative, but contrary to the positive, signaling theory.
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