An important figure used in heraldry. The bend, fess, chief, and quarterly are examples of ordinaries.
Related term(s): Heraldry; Bend; Fess; Chief; Quarterly; Pile (Heraldry)
Last modified: 07.04.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 56.