(statistics) a scale on which data is shown simply in order of magnitude since there is no standard of measurement of differences: for instance, a squash ladder is an ordinal scale since one can say only that one person is better than another, but not by how much Compare interval scale, ratio scale, nominal scale
[awr-dn-uh ns] /ˈɔr dn əns/ noun 1. an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command. 2. a public injunction or regulation: a city ordinance against excessive horn blowing. 3. something believed to have been ordained, as by a deity or destiny. 4. Ecclesiastical. /ˈɔːdɪnəns/ noun 1. an authoritative regulation, decree, law, or practice n. […]
[awr-dn-and] /ˈɔr dnˌænd/ noun 1. Ecclesiastical. a candidate for ordination. /ˈɔːdɪˌnænd/ noun 1. (Christianity) a candidate for ordination
[awr-dn-air-ee-it, -eyt] /ˌɔr dnˈɛər i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/ noun 1. Roman Catholic Church. (formerly) a province in which the faithful of an Eastern rite were under the rule of a prelate of their rite who had no territorial jurisdiction.
[awr-dn-air-uh-lee, awr-dn-er-uh-lee] /ˌɔr dnˈɛər ə li, ˈɔr dnˌɛr ə li/ adverb 1. most of the time; generally; usually: Ordinarily he wakes at seven. 2. in an unexceptional manner or fashion; modestly: a wealthy child who was dressed ordinarily. 3. to the usual extent; reasonably: to expect someone to be ordinarily honest. /ˈɔːdənrɪlɪ; ˈɔːdəˌnɛrɪlɪ/ adverb 1. […]