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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Ordinary  \Or"di*na*ry\,  a.  [L.  ordinarius,  fr  ordo,  ordinis 
  order:  cf  F.  ordinaire  See  {Order}.] 
  1.  According  to  established  order  methodical;  settled; 
  regular.  ``The  ordinary  forms  of  law.''  --Addison. 
  2.  Common;  customary;  usual.  --Shak. 
  Method  is  not  less  reguisite  in  ordinary 
  conversation  that  in  writing.  --Addison. 
  3.  Of  common  rank,  quality,  or  ability;  not  distinguished  by 
  superior  excellence  or  beauty;  hence  not  distinguished  in 
  any  way  commonplace;  inferior;  of  little  merit;  as  men 
  of  ordinary  judgment;  an  ordinary  book. 
  An  ordinary  lad  would  have  acquired  little  or  no 
  useful  knowledge  in  such  a  way  --Macaulay. 
  {Ordinary  seaman}  (Naut.),  one  not  expert  or  fully  skilled, 
  and  hence  ranking  below  an  able  seaman. 
  Syn:  Normal;  common;  usual;  customary. 
  Usage:  See  {Normal}.  --  {Ordinary},  {Common}.  A  thing  is 
  common  in  which  many  persons  share  or  partake;  as  a 
  common  practice.  A  thing  is  ordinary  when  it  is  apt  to 
  come  round  in  the  regular  common  order  or  succession 
  of  events. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Ordinary  \Or"di*na*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Ordinaries}  (-r[i^]z). 
  1.  (Law) 
  a  (Roman  Law)  An  officer  who  has  original  jurisdiction 
  in  his  own  right  and  not  by  deputation. 
  b  (Eng.  Law)  One  who  has  immediate  jurisdiction  in 
  matters  ecclesiastical;  an  ecclesiastical  judge;  also 
  a  deputy  of  the  bishop,  or  a  clergyman  appointed  to 
  perform  divine  service  for  condemned  criminals  and 
  assist  in  preparing  them  for  death. 
  c  (Am.  Law)  A  judicial  officer,  having  generally  the 
  powers  of  a  judge  of  probate  or  a  surrogate. 
  2.  The  mass;  the  common  run.  [Obs.] 
  I  see  no  more  in  you  than  in  the  ordinary  Of 
  nature's  salework.  --Shak. 
  3.  That  which  is  so  common,  or  continued,  as  to  be  considered 
  a  settled  establishment  or  institution.  [R.] 
  Spain  had  no  other  wars  save  those  which  were  grown 
  into  an  ordinary.  --Bacon. 
  4.  Anything  which  is  in  ordinary  or  common  use 
  Water  buckets,  wagons,  cart  wheels,  plow  socks,  and 
  other  ordinaries.  --Sir  W. 
  5.  A  dining  room  or  eating  house  where  a  meal  is  prepared  for 
  all  comers,  at  a  fixed  price  for  the  meal,  in  distinction 
  from  one  where  each  dish  is  separately  charged;  a  table 
  d'h[^o]te;  hence  also  the  meal  furnished  at  such  a 
  dining  room  --Shak. 
  All  the  odd  words  they  have  picked  up  in  a 
  coffeehouse,  or  a  gaming  ordinary,  are  produced  as 
  flowers  of  style.  --Swift. 
  He  exacted  a  tribute  for  licenses  to  hawkers  and 
  peddlers  and  to  ordinaries.  --Bancroft. 
  6.  (Her.)  A  charge  or  bearing  of  simple  form  one  of  nine  or 
  ten  which  are  in  constant  use  The  bend,  chevron,  chief, 
  cross,  fesse,  pale,  and  saltire  are  uniformly  admitted  as 
  ordinaries.  Some  authorities  include  bar,  bend  sinister, 
  pile,  and  others  See  {Subordinary}. 
  {In  ordinary}. 
  a  In  actual  and  constant  service;  statedly  attending  and 
  serving;  as  a  physician  or  chaplain  in  ordinary.  An 
  ambassador  in  ordinary  is  one  constantly  resident  at  a 
  foreign  court. 
  b  (Naut.)  Out  of  commission  and  laid  up  --  said  of  a 
  naval  vessel. 
  {Ordinary  of  the  Mass}  (R.  C.  Ch.),  the  part  of  the  Mass 
  which  is  the  same  every  day  --  called  also  the  {canon  of 
  the  Mass}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  not  exceptional  in  any  way  especially  in  quality  or  ability 
  or  size  or  degree;  "ordinary  everyday  objects"; 
  "ordinary  decency";  "an  ordinary  day";  "an  ordinary 
  wine"  [ant:  {extraordinary}] 
  2:  lacking  special  distinction,  rank,  or  status;  commonly 
  encountered;  "average  people";  "the  ordinary  (or  common) 
  man  in  the  street"  [syn:  {average}] 
  n  1:  a  judge  of  a  probate  court 
  2:  the  expected  or  commonplace  condition  or  situation:  "not  out 
  of  the  ordinary" 
  3:  a  clergyman  appointed  to  prepare  condemned  prisoners  for 
  4:  an  early  bicycle  with  a  very  large  front  wheel  and  small 
  back  wheel  [syn:  {ordinary  bicycle}] 
  5:  (heraldry)  any  of  several  conventional  figures  used  on 

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