- any general or comprehensive division; a class.
- a classificatory division in any field of knowledge, as a phylum or any of its subdivisions in biology.
- (in Aristotelian philosophy) any of the fundamental modes of existence, such as substance, quality, and quantity, as determined by analysis of the different possible kinds of predication.
- (in Kantian philosophy) any of the fundamental principles of the understanding, as the principle of causation.
- any classification of terms that is ultimate and not susceptible to further analysis.
- categories. Also called Guggenheim. (used with a singular verb) a game in which a key word and a list of categories, as dogs, automobiles, or rivers, are selected, and in which each player writes down a word in each category that begins with each of the letters of the key word, the player writing down the most words within a time limit being declared the winner.
- Mathematics. a type of mathematical object, as a set, group, or metric space, together with a set of mappings from such an object to other objects of the same type.
- Grammar. part of speech.
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Examples from the Web for category
That goes without saying, as no one woman could aptly represent everyone who identifies within that category.Lena Vs. The Feminist Police
November 9, 2014
Most of us in that category can remember the thrill of seeing our words appear in public for the first time.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
It must be noted that in this category of non-writers there are at least three who are characters in the TV series I, Claudius.So-Called ‘Biblical Scholar’ Says Jesus A Made-Up Myth
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
October 5, 2014
Whether the Army listed Schwend in this category out of ignorance or for other reasons is not known.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
Many states and localities provide services to families who fall under the poverty line and also in the “near-poor” category.The U.S. Is Losing a Generation to Poverty
September 18, 2014
The second point in this category is own cousin to the above.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
They belong entirely to the category of what is wise to realize good.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
D--n the rogues; I thought at one time they had me in a category!Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Also there is a touch of irony in them, which takes them out of the category of sophistry.Apology
Such changes do not come under the category of profiteering.Herbert Hoover
- a class or group of things, people, etc, possessing some quality or qualities in common; a division in a system of classification
- metaphysics any one of the most basic classes into which objects and concepts can be analysed
- (in the philosophy of Aristotle) any one of ten most fundamental modes of being, such as quantity, quality, and substance
- (in the philosophy of Kant) one of twelve concepts required by human beings to interpret the empirical world
- any set of objects, concepts, or expressions distinguished from others within some logical or linguistic theory by the intelligibility of a specific set of statements concerning themSee also category mistake
Word Origin and History for category
1580s, from Middle French catégorie, from Late Latin categoria, from Greek kategoria "accusation, prediction, category," verbal noun from kategorein "to speak against; to accuse, assert, predicate," from kata "down to" (or perhaps "against;" see cata-) + agoreuein "to harangue, to declaim (in the assembly)," from agora "public assembly" (see agora). Original sense of "accuse" weakened to "assert, name" by the time Aristotle applied kategoria to his 10 classes of things that can be named.
category should be used by no-one who is not prepared to state (1) that he does not mean class, & (2) that he knows the difference between the two .... [Fowler]