a liturgical genre is ordinary if its text is repeated from day to day. In the mass, the musical items of the ordinary are the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus dei; the Ite missa est and the Benedicamus Domino may also be considered ordinary. A number of different melodies are associated with each ordinary text, so while the text repeats, the music may change from one day to the next. A table of items from the mass is available.
Those parts of the service that remain constant from week to week. For centuries the ordinary of the weekly communion service were the Kyrie, Gloria in Excelsis, Nicene Creed, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. Countless composers have written complete musical settings using these texts. The parts of the service that change from week to week are called the propers.
An ordinary is one of a group of very common charges on a shield, most of which are composed of one or more stripes in various places or directions. There doesn't seem to be any absolute rule as to what is an ordinary and what is a sub-ordinary, but a typical list would include: Fess, Bend, Pale, Cross, Saltire, Chief, Chevron, Pall, Border, and probably one or more of: Lozenge, Quarter, Gyron, and Canton.
In heraldry, an ordinary is a simple geometrical figure on the arms, wider than a line or division of the field. There are also some geometric charges known as subordinaries, which are given lesser status by heraldic writers, even though most have been in use just as long as the traditional ordinaries. Diminutives of ordinaries are charges of the same shape, though narrower, though some such charges are not defined as diminutives of the larger charge(s).
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.
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'hôte; hence, also, the meal furnished at such a dining room.
Early type of bicycle which utilised a very large front wheel. Also called a 'penny-farthing', because this was the size of the rear wheel. This setup may have seemed ordinary at the time, but strikes the modern eye as quaintly mad.
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.
In hierarchical Western Christianity, an ordinary is an officer of the church who by reason of office has ordinary power to execute the church's lawshttp://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/_PF.HTM#22.214.171.124.0.0.134 c. 134 § 1, Code of Canon Law, 1983. The term comes from the Latin word ordinarius. In Eastern Christianity, a corresponding officer is called a hierarchhttp://www.intratext.com/IXT/ENG1199/_PRC.HTM c. 984, Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches, 1992, which comes from the Greek word ιεραρχης meaning "priestly ruler".
With respect to tides, the use of this nontechnical word has, for the most part, been determined to be synonymous with mean. Thus, ordinary high (low) water is the equivalent of mean high (low) water. The use of ordinary in tidal terms is discouraged.
Common and accepted in the general industry or type of activity in which the taxpayer is engaged. It is one of the tests for the deductibility of expenses incurred or paid in connection with a trade or business; for the production of income; for the management, conservation, or maintenance of property held for the production of income; or in connection with the determination, collection, or refund of any tax.