Definition of of the order of in US English:

of the order of

phrase

British
  • 1Approximately.

    ‘sales increases are of the order of 20%’
    • ‘The disease is prevalent worldwide and in 1993, the cost of health care for COPD was estimated to be of the order of $15 billion.’
    • ‘At this rate, inflation of the order of 10 percent is pretty much inevitable.’
    • ‘The amount directly at stake is not especially large, the principal sum being of the order of $114,000.’
    • ‘We're looking at the risk of destabilisation of the West Antarctic ice sheet, or a very rapid decay of the ice sheet, leading to sea rise over centuries of the order of 6 or 7 metres or so.’
    • ‘The number of days taken as sick, and the cost, is of the order of 70 percent up on what it was for the same period of time last year.’
    • ‘In the late seventeenth century, the average number of copper coins minted annually was of the order of two to three hundred million; by the early nineteenth century this had increased eightfold.’
    • ‘We estimate that total area of infestation is only of the order of about 350 hectares and that's spread along about 60, 70 or so isolated populations.’
    • ‘It is reasonable to assume that in due course he will have an earning capacity of the order of £10,000 per annum, but that it will take three years before he is likely to achieve that level of earnings.’
    • ‘Since his return to work his income had substantially increased year by year such that by 1999 it was of the order of £425, 250 p.a. gross.’
    • ‘For any real impact to be made, reductions in emissions of the order of 60 per cent are needed now.’
    roughly, approximately, about, around, just about, round about, or so, or thereabouts, more or less, in the neighbourhood of, in the region of, in the area of, in the vicinity of, something like, give or take, give or take a few, in round numbers, rounded down, rounded up
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  • 2Mathematics
    Having the order of magnitude specified by.

    • ‘With N of the order of 100 for 20dB sensitivity improvement, the total work of acquisition rises to some five orders of magnitude greater.’
    • ‘Integral-expressing K562 cells were pushed by a force of the order of 100 pN against surfaces coated with iibronectin fragments.’
    • ‘A spectrograph/diode array system accomplishes the detection with a signal-to-noise ratio of the order of 105.’