bond orientational order

bond orientational order

[¦bänd ‚ȯr·ē·ən¦tā·shən·əl ′ȯrd·ər]
(physics)
An ordering of atoms or molecules in an intermediate state of condensed matter in which the atoms or molecules are distributed at random, as in a fluid or glass, but the condensed matter is orientationally anisotropic on a macroscopic scale.