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Of or relating to a taxonomic order.
Being or denoting a numerical order in a series.  "Held an ordinal rank of seventh"

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"Ordinal" Quotes from Famous Books

... or eventuation, (its chain of events.) It shows that statism, or world-existence-at-rest, in space, is analogous with the cardinal series of numeration; and motism or world-existence-in-motion, in time, analogous with the ordinal series of numbers; and that, finally, statism and cardinism, (as of the four cardinal points in the orientation of space,) are analogous with spiritualities and the spirit world; and that motism and ordinism (succession by steps) are analogous with temporalities, (transitory ...
— Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 24, September 10, 1870 • Various

... idea of discontinuity; both ideas being equally matters of intuition. The difficulty first arises in elementary mensuration, where it is partly met by associating arithmetical and geometrical measurement with the cardinal and the ordinal aspects of number respectively (see ARITHMETIC.) Later, the difficulty recurs in an acute form in reference to the continuous variation of a function. Reference to a geometrical interpretation seems at first sight to throw light ...
— Project Gutenberg Encyclopedia

... in this manner the third month of Shait fell to Hathor, and was called after her; the fourth of Piruit belonged to Ranuit or Ramuit, the lady of harvests, and derived from her its appellation of Pharmuti. Official documents always designated the months by the ordinal number attached to them in each season, but the people gave them by preference the names of their tutelary deities, and these names, transcribed into Greek, and then into Arabic, are still used by the Christian inhabitants ...
— History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12) • G. Maspero

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