- the act of classifying.
- the result of classifying or being classified.
- one of the groups or classes into which things may be or have been classified.
- Biology. the assignment of organisms to groups within a system of categories distinguished by structure, origin, etc. The usual series of categories is phylum (or, especially in botany, division), class, order, family, genus, species, and variety.
- the category, as restricted, confidential, secret, or top secret, to which information, a document, etc., is assigned, as by a government or military agency, based on the degree of protection considered necessary to safeguard it from unauthorized use.
- Library Science. any of various systems for arranging books and other materials, especially according to subject or format.
Origin of classification
Examples from the Web for classification
“The classification system, of course, is not supposed to be used for political purposes,” Bunn said.
But Doyle said Fearey never raised any concerns about classification.
In a 2011 interview, funny woman Chelsea Handler asked Miss Piggy about her weight and classification as “plus-size.”Miss Piggy Leans In
March 23, 2014
The real problem with classification is that an enormous amount is classified that needs to be public.Daniel Ellsberg: Edward Snowden Is a Hero and We Need More Whistleblowers
June 10, 2013
You still have to manage the vendor and the classification of everything in your inventory under the tax laws of many states.The Real Problem With the Internet Sales Tax
April 24, 2013
I know it is said that this means the classification of local preachers.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
Of course, the classification sometimes overlaps, like all classification.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
He was quick in his classification, for he knew them at once for man-animal noises.White Fang
The classification of freights applies to all the lines, regardless of class.
When these rates and the classification conflict, these rates will govern.
- systematic placement in categories
- one of the divisions in a system of classifying
- the placing of animals and plants in a series of increasingly specialized groups because of similarities in structure, origin, molecular composition, etc, that indicate a common relationship. The major groups are domain or superkingdom, kingdom, phylum (in animals) or division (in plants), class, order, family, genus, and species
- the study of the principles and practice of this process; taxonomy
- government the designation of an item of information as being secret and not available to people outside a restricted group
Word Origin and History for classification
1772, "action of classifying," noun of action from Latin stem of classify, or from French classification. Meaning "result of classifying" is from 1789.
- A systematic arrangement into classes or groups.
- The systematic grouping of organisms into categories on the basis of evolutionary or structural relationships between them; taxonomy.
- The systematic grouping of organisms according to the structural or evolutionary relationships among them. Organisms are normally classified by observed similarities in their body and cell structure or by evolutionary relationships based on the analysis of sequences of their DNA. See more at cladistics Linnean. See Table at taxonomy.