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  1. a person or thing that classifies.
  2. a device for separating solids of different characteristics by controlled rates of settling.
  3. Grammar. (in Chinese, Japanese, and other languages) a word or morpheme that corresponds to a semantic class of nouns and regularly accompanies any noun of that class in certain syntactic constructions, such as those of numeration.
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Origin of classifier

First recorded in 1810–20; classify + -er1
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Examples from the Web for classifier

Historical Examples

  • Then there was the collector of plants and classifier of his finds, and an arranger of all he could get by exchange or otherwise.

    Appletons' Popular Science Monthly, November 1899


  • We will help you to work it out by giving you what is called a Classifier which will make it easy to decipher the verse.

  • Now move the Classifier so that the a in Have comes between the a form a and the b form a on the Classifier.

  • Now below the Classifier has been placed something which will help you still more.

  • If this point is secure in the mind of the classifier, little difficulty will be encountered.

    The Science of Fingerprints

    Federal Bureau of Investigation