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Ora \O"ra\, n. [AS. See 2d Ore.] A money of account among the Anglo-Saxons, valued, in the Domesday Book, at twenty pence sterling.


Os \Os\, n.; pl. Ora. [L.] A mouth; an opening; an entrance.


Etymology 1 n. (plural of os English); mouths or openings, especially of the cervix. Etymology 2

n. A unit of money among the Anglo-Saxons.

  1. n. a mouth or mouthlike opening

  2. a hard brittle blue-gray or blue-black metallic element that is one of the platinum metals; the heaviest metal known [syn: osmium, atomic number 76]

  3. (computer science) software that controls the execution of computer programs and may provide various services [syn: operating system]

  4. the left eye [syn: oculus sinister]

  5. rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates [syn: bone]

  6. [also: ossa (pl), osar (pl), ora (pl)]


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ORA or Ora may refer to:

Ora (currency)

The Ora (symbol: Ф) is the local currency of Orania, an Afrikaner enclave in South Africa. It is pegged at par with the South African rand. The name, recalling that of the town where it circulates, derives from Latin aurum, meaning "gold". The currency is not sanctioned by the South African Reserve Bank.

The first notes were issued in April 2004 to provide an internal currency for Orania as part of its quest for self-determination. The idea of the Ora originated in 2002, when Professor Johan van Zyl argued that a community that intended to empower itself should have access to as many instruments as possible, including its own currency.

It is printed in denominations of 10, 20, 50, and 100 Ora. The 10 Ora note depicts Afrikaner history, the 20 Ora note Afrikaner art; the 50 Ora note Afrikaner culture; and the 100 Ora note Orania itself. Each note also advertises a local business.

Other than in Orania itself, the currency is also accepted in some surrounding towns. To encourage its use, some stores in Orania offer a 5% discount for items purchased in Ora. The local banking institution, the Orania Spaar- en Kredietkoöperatief, is in charge of the initiative.

The use of the Ora as a payment method also has the effect of discouraging theft, as it can only be used within Orania. About R400,000 to R580,000 worth of Oras were in circulation by 2011. New notes are printed every three years to replace the ones worn out by use. The 'E' Series was distributed in April 2014.

Ora (Jovanotti album)

Ora is the twelfth studio album by Italian singer-songwriter Jovanotti, released by Universal Music on 25 January 2011.

The album debuted atop the Italian Albums Chart and peaked at number one for three consecutive weeks. The album was preceded by the single "Tutto l'amore che ho", released on December 2, 2010, which peaked at number one on the FIMI Singles Chart. It also spawned the top-10 singles "Le tasche piene di sassi", "Il più grande spettacolo dopo il Big Bang", "La notte dei desideri" and "Ora".

Ora (film)

Ora (or ORA) is a 2011 experimental 3D dance film filmed thermographically, capturing images of the dancers using only their body heat. The 15-minute short film was directed by Philippe Baylaucq as part of his two-year residency at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in Montreal. Ora was choreographed by José Navas, who had previously worked with Baylaucq on the NFB experimental dance film, Lodela.

The film is inspired by Darwin's theory of evolution and the myths of Narcissus and Prometheus.

Ora (Rita Ora album)

Ora is the debut studio album by British recording artist Rita Ora, released on 27 August 2012 through Roc Nation. Ora enlisted a variety of producers such as The-Dream, Chase & Status, The Runners, Diplo, The Invisible Men and Stargate, and features guest appearances from, J. Cole and Tinie Tempah. Musically, Ora is mainly a pop and R&B album that incorporates dance elements. Samples of the album's standard edition were made available to preview on the iTunes UK store on 9 August.

Upon its release, Ora received mixed reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum retrospectively by the BPI in July 2013. It gained moderate success overseas, entering the top 25 in Australia and New Zealand. The album's release was preceded by two singles—" How We Do (Party)" and " R.I.P."—both of which entered the UK Singles Chart at number 1 and achieved standard chart positions in charts abroad. The album also includes the number-one hit DJ Fresh collaboration, " Hot Right Now", which is featured as a bonus track. Ora was supported by the UK "Radioactive Tour" from January to February 2013.

Ora (mythological creature)

Ora is a mythological aspect in Albanian mythology and popular belief.

Ora (given name)

Ora is the given name of:

  • Ora Alexander (fl. early 1930s), American classic female blues singer
  • Ora Anlen (born 1944), Israeli Paralympic athlete in various sports
  • Ora Carew (1893–1955), American silent film actress
  • Ora Graves (1896–1961), US Navy sailor and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Ora Haibe (1887–1970), American race car driver
  • Ora Kedem (born 1924), professor emerita at the Weizmann Institute of Science and recipient of the Israel Prize
  • Ora Lassila, Finnish computer scientist
  • Ora McMurry, United States Army Air Service pilot during World War I
  • Ora Namir (born 1930), Israeli former politician and diplomat
  • Ora R. Rice (1885–?), Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Ora Washington (1898–1971), African-American tennis player
  • Ora, mother of Serug in the Bible

Usage examples of "ora".

Ui-Ailella, underground, and four glass Chalices at its four corners: et dixit cavendum ne frangerantur orae fossurae.

Choniates, former court orator, supreme judge of the empire, judge of the Veil, logthete of secrets oras the Latins would have saidchancellor of the basileus of Byzantium as well as historian of many Comneni and Angelus emperors, regarded with curiosity the man facing him.

Troiae semper miserate labores, Dardana qui Paridis derexti tela manusque corpus in Aeacidae, magnas obeuntia terras tot maria intravi duce te penitusque repostas Massylum gentis praetentaque Syrtibus arva: iam tandem Italiae fugientis prendimus oras, hac Troiana tenus merit fortuna secuta.