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Dictionary Definition

sort

Noun

1 a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?" [syn: kind, form, variety]
2 an approximate definition or example; "she wore a sort of magenta dress"; "she served a creamy sort of dessert thing"
3 a person of a particular character or nature; "what sort of person is he?"; "he's a good sort"
4 an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion; "the bottleneck in mail delivery it the process of sorting" [syn: sorting]

Verb

1 examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants" [syn: screen, screen out, sieve]
2 arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?" [syn: classify, class, assort, sort out, separate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /sɔːt/, /sO:t/
  • (US) /sɔɹt/, /sOrt/

Noun

  1. A general type.
  2. A person.
    This guy's a decent sort.
  3. An act of sorting.
    I had a sort of my cupboard
  4. An algorithm for sorting a list of items into a particular order.
  5. A piece of metal type used to print one letter, character, or symbol in a particular size and style.

Synonyms

type
person
act of sorting
computing algorithm

Verb

  1. To separate according to certain criteria.
  2. To arrange into some order, especially numerically, alphabetically or chronologically.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

separate according to certain criteria
arrange in order

Catalan

Noun

sort

French

Noun

sort

Etymology

Latin sors

Verb form

sort (a form of sortir)
  1. he goes out

Norwegian

Noun

  1. black (colour/color)

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

sort

Synonyms

Extensive Definition

Sort may mean
  • Sorting, any process of arranging items in sequence or in sets
    • Sorting algorithm, a computer process for arranging elements in lists
    • Sort (Unix), a Unix utility which sorts the lines of a file
    • Sort (C++), a function in the C++ Standard Template Library
    • sorts are used to achieve a partitioning of the universe into different types in many-sorted logic
  • Sort (typesetting), a piece of metal type.
  • Sort, Lleida, a town in Catalonia, capital of the comarca of Pallars Sobirà
SORT may be an abbreviation for:
sort in German: Sort
sort in Hebrew: מיון
sort in Japanese: SORT

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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