A way of organizing living things. In biology, plants and animals have traditionally been classified by the structure of their bodies, in a descending hierarchy of categories: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. For example, human beings are classified as belonging to the animal kingdom, the phylum of chordates, the class of mammals, the order of primates, the genus Homo, and the species sapiens. The scheme is based on a system developed by the Swedish scientist Carolus Linnaeus in the eighteenth century.
There is a debate among scientists about whether the traditional classification system should be retained. Some argue that classifying living things by their descent, with all descendants of a single ancestor being grouped together, is more in keeping with the ideas of evolution (see cladistics). Others want to classify organisms by their genetic makeup, using sequences in DNA or RNA. Each of these schemes provides a different way of ordering living things, but there is no “right” way to accomplish this task.
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Yet much of the best new music defies genre classification; great artists take chances and cross boundaries.Five Lessons the Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV|Ted Gioia|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, Wallace said that no one at the meeting involving Fearey, which he also attended, raised classification concerns.
“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.
Lambic represents the parent classification for a host of sub-categories.
His hero, Gulliver, discovers race after race of beings who typify the genera in his classification of mankind.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
In addition to the tolls and charges, the Acts usually contained a rough classification of goods to which they applied.
There are several specimens in the Linnean Society's collection.
When the child entered the workhouse it passed out of its former classification and entered into an entirely different one.
By 1860 it "had given instructions that every new workhouse should be so constructed as to allow of the requisite classification."