2. Something that is foreordained by fate or deities: In mythology, the wreck of the ship was an ordinance from the gods.
2. A service or department of the armed forces dealing with the supplies needed for the military: Tim's promotion meant he was the officer in charge of the ordnance.
Rick just received a citation for breaking the local ordinance against keeping ordnance in his residence.
2. Etymology: "an authoritative direction, decree, or command"; from Medieval Latin ordinantia, from Latin ordinantem; present participle of ordinare, "to put in order".
"In the early 14th century, it had changed to "arrangement in ranks or rows"; especially, "in order of battle"; also, "warlike provisions, equipment".