When you organize things in an orderly way, the result is called an arrangement. If you admire your friend's arrangement of his living room furniture, you might go home and make a similar arrangement.

Your brother might keep an arrangement of Lego creations on his desk, and you could put an arrangement of wildflowers in a vase in the middle of your kitchen table. Another kind of arrangement is one you make when you negotiate an agreement with another person: "We have an arrangement — she gives me a ride to school and I walk her dog in the afternoon." The Old French root, arengier, means "to set in a row."

Primary Meanings of arrangement

an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging
the thing arranged or agreed to
a piece of music that has been adapted for performance by a particular set of voices or instruments
Full Definitions of arrangement

n an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging

“a flower arrangement
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floral arrangement, flower arrangement
a decorative arrangement of flowers
contrivance, lash-up
any improvised arrangement for temporary use
a temporary arrangement erected around a building for convenience of workers
an orderly arrangement
categorisation, categorization, classification
a group of people or things arranged by class or category
aestivation, estivation
(botany) the arrangement of sepals and petals in a flower bud before it opens
tableau, tableau vivant
a group of people attractively arranged (as if in a painting)
(botany) the arrangement of veins in a leaf
(botany) the arrangement of young leaves in a leaf bud before it opens
an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
order, ordering, ordination
logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements
bacteria order
an order of bacteria
bouquet, corsage, nosegay, posy
an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present
flower chain
flowers strung together in a chain
flower arrangement consisting of a single branch or shoot bearing flowers and foliage
patch, temporary hookup
a connection intended to be used for a limited time
chaplet, coronal, garland, lei, wreath
flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
word order
the order of words in a text
dichotomy, duality
being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses
being threefold; a classification into three parts or subclasses
a formation of aircraft in flight
table, tabular array
a set of data arranged in rows and columns
(mathematics) a rectangular array of quantities or expressions set out by rows and columns; treated as a single element and manipulated according to rules
military formation
a formation of troops
the offensive football players who line up behind the linemen
the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen
a formation of people or things one behind another
a formation of people or things one beside another
a linear array of numbers, letters, or symbols side by side
a vertical array of numbers or other information
genetic code
the ordering of nucleotides in DNA molecules that carries the genetic information in living cells
the ordering of genes in a haploid set of chromosomes of a particular organism; the full DNA sequence of an organism
similar things placed in order or happening one after another
a complete and impressive array
an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers
the middle of a military or naval formation
flank, wing
the side of military or naval formation
the front of a military formation or procession
the back of a military formation or procession
an ordered array of the components of an emission or wave
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group, grouping
any number of entities (members) considered as a unit

n the spatial property of the way in which something is placed

“the arrangement of the furniture”
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a particular spatial arrangement
(architecture) the arrangement of columns (especially freestanding columns) in a structure
composing, composition
the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole
the arrangement of windows in a building
balance, proportion, proportionality
harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)
the spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines
the spatial property of things that are not properly aligned
an arrangement of branching parts
spacing, spatial arrangement
the property possessed by an array of things that have space between them
an arrangement of two or more objects or persons one behind another
the rectangular formation of parallel scanning lines that guide the electron beam on a television screen or a computer monitor
rig, rigging
formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel
(tenpin bowling) a divided formation of pins left standing after the first bowl
proper alignment; the property possessed by something that is in correct or proper alignment
without obstructions to passage or view
the property created by the space between two objects or points
dispersion, distribution
the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume
compactness, concentration, denseness, density, tightness
the spatial property of being crowded together
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position, spatial relation
the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

n an organized structure for arranging or classifying

“he changed the arrangement of the topics”
organisation, organization, system
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classification system
a system for classifying things
an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.
coordinate system, frame of reference, reference frame, reference system
a system that uses coordinates to establish position
data structure
(computer science) the organization of data (and its storage allocations in a computer)
design, plan
an arrangement scheme
distribution, statistical distribution
(statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence
genetic map
graphical representation of the arrangement of genes on a chromosome
kinship system
(anthropology) the system of social relationships that constitute kinship in a particular culture, including the terminology that is used and the reciprocal obligations that are entailed
an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern in 2 or 3 dimensions
living arrangement
an arrangement to allow people (or ideas) to coexist
(computer science) a rigorous and exhaustive organization of some knowledge domain that is usually hierarchical and contains all the relevant entities and their relations
a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year
Dewey decimal classification, Dewey decimal system, decimal system of classification
a system used by libraries to classify nonfictional publications into subject categories; the subject is indicated by a three-digit numeral and further specification is given by numerals following a decimal point; publications are shelved by number
Cartesian coordinate system
a coordinate system for which the coordinates of a point are its distances from a set perpendicular lines that intersect at the origin of the system
a flat distribution having equal frequencies of occurrence
configuration, constellation
an arrangement of parts or elements
Bravais lattice, crystal lattice, space lattice
a 3-dimensional geometric arrangement of the atoms or molecules or ions composing a crystal
hierarchical data structure, hierarchical structure
a structure of data having several levels arranged in a treelike structure
hierarchical classification system
a classification system where entries are arranged based on some hierarchical structure
file system, filing system
a system of classifying into files (usually arranged alphabetically)
grouping, pigeonholing
a system for classifying things into groups
rating system, scoring system
a system of classifying according to quality or merit or amount
ABO blood group system, ABO group, ABO system
a classification system for the antigens of human blood; used in blood transfusion therapy; four groups are A and B and AB and O
a plan or design of something that is laid out
snare, trap
something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares
inertial frame, inertial reference frame
a coordinate system in which Newton's first law of motion is valid
space-time, space-time continuum
the four-dimensional coordinate system (3 dimensions of space and 1 of time) in which physical events are located
frequency distribution
a distribution of observed frequencies of occurrence of the values of a variable
Gaussian distribution, normal distribution
a theoretical distribution with finite mean and variance
Poisson distribution
a theoretical distribution that is a good approximation to the binomial distribution when the probability is small and the number of trials is large
sample, sample distribution, sampling
items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population
Bernoulli distribution, binomial distribution
a theoretical distribution of the number of successes in a finite set of independent trials with a constant probability of success
hotel plan, meal plan
a plan and a room rate for providing a room and meals to guests at a hotel
lunar calendar
a calendar based on lunar cycles
lunisolar calendar
a calendar based on both lunar and solar cycles
solar calendar
a calendar based on solar cycles
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the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations

n the thing arranged or agreed to

“they made arrangements to meet in Chicago”
secret agreement
something arranged in advance
something reserved in advance (as a hotel accommodation or a seat on a plane etc.)
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planning, preparation, provision
the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening

n a piece of music that has been adapted for performance by a particular set of voices or instruments

musical arrangement
an arrangement of a piece of music for performance by an orchestra or band
the instruments called for in a musical score or arrangement for a band or orchestra
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composition, musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
a musical work that has been created

n the act of arranging and adapting a piece of music

arranging, transcription
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changing an arrangement
instrumentation, orchestration
the act of arranging a piece of music for an orchestra and assigning parts to the different musical instruments
an arrangement of events that attempts to achieve a maximum effect
juggle, juggling
the act of rearranging things to give a misleading impression
musical chairs
a rearrangement that has no practical effect or significance
a rearrangement in a different order
(electricity) a rearrangement of the relative positions of power lines in order to minimize the effects of mutual capacitance and inductance
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composing, composition
musical creation

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