1. a degree in a continuum of size or quantity;

- Example: "it was on the order of a mile"

- Example: "an explosion of a low order of magnitude"

[syn: order, order of magnitude]

2. a number assigned to the ratio of two quantities; two quantities are of the same order of magnitude if one is less than 10 times as large as the other; the number of magnitudes that the quantities differ is specified to within a power of 10;

[syn: order of magnitude, magnitude]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

order of magnitude n 1: a degree in a continuum of size or quantity; "it was on the order of a mile"; "an explosion of a low order of magnitude" [syn: order, order of magnitude] 2: a number assigned to the ratio of two quantities; two quantities are of the same order of magnitude if one is less than 10 times as large as the other; the number of magnitudes that the quantities differ is specified to within a power of 10 [syn: order of magnitude, magnitude]