- (of sedimentary particles) uniform in size.
- (of sedimentary rock) consisting of particles of uniform size.
Origin of sorted
- a particular kind, species, variety, class, or group, distinguished by a common character or nature: to develop a new sort of painting; nice people, of course, but not really our sort.
- character, quality, or nature: young people of a nice sort.
- an example of something that is undistinguished or barely adequate: He is a sort of poet.
- manner, fashion, or way: We spoke in this sort for several minutes.
- any of the individual characters making up a font of type.
- characters of a particular font that are rarely used.
- an instance of sorting.
- to arrange according to sort, kind, or class; separate into sorts; classify: to sort socks; to sort eggs by grade.
- to separate or take from other sorts or from others (often followed by out): to sort the good from the bad; to sort out the children's socks.
- to assign to a particular class, group, or place (often followed by with, together, etc.): to sort people together indiscriminately.
- Scot. to provide with food and shelter.
- Computers. to place (records) in order, as numerical or alphabetical, based on the contents of one or more keys contained in each record.Compare key1(def 19).
- Archaic. to suit; agree; fit.
- British Dialect. to associate, mingle, or be friendly.
- sort out,
- evolve; develop; turn out: We'll just have to wait and see how things sort out.
- to put in order; clarify: After I sort things out here, I'll be able to concentrate on your problem.
- of sorts,
- of a mediocre or poor kind: a tennis player of sorts.
- of one sort or another; of an indefinite kind.
- out of sorts,
- in low spirits; depressed.
- in poor health; indisposed; ill.
- in a bad temper; irritable: to be out of sorts because of the weather.
- Printing.short of certain characters of a font of type.
- sort of, Informal. in a way; somewhat; rather: Their conversation was sort of tiresome.
Origin of sort
Synonyms for sortSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for sortedcull, separate, catalogue, sift, categorize, comb, arrange, riddle, systematize, rank, group, divide, grade, screen, distribute, winnow, pigeonhole, order, assort, choose
Examples from the Web for sorted
Contemporary Examples of sorted
Olwyn had come over from Paris in September 1963 to help with the children until Ted sorted things out.Ted Hughes’s Brother on Losing Sylvia Plath
December 2, 2014
Lena, Emilia, and I are laughing because we sorted the wig thing out nice and early.Natalie Dormer Talks ‘Hunger Games,’ Feminism, and Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs More Dick
November 21, 2014
But he sorted that out, and for the rest of his long life, basked in the afterglow of the Kennedy White House.The Man with the President’s Ear, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and JFK
October 27, 2013
When it's messy you get the women in, but when the mess is sorted out keep the women, they are no threat.The Clinton Global Initiative Kicks off With Tears, Impressions, and Fighting Words
September 24, 2013
But grumble grumble sometimes my messages get sorted into the wrong folders.Gmail Priority Inbox Freakout: Calm Down, Guys, Opting Out Is Easy
July 23, 2013
Historical Examples of sorted
She had sorted her laundry with several colored pieces to one side.L'Assommoir
These leavings were conveyed to the market cellars and there sorted.The Fat and the Thin
In the kitchen he sorted the wet garments and hung them about the cook stove.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
The papers rustled in the Baron's fingers as he shuffled and sorted them.The Eternal City
It would never have sorted with my inclinations to have turned man-at-arms.The Shame of Motley
- an exclamation of satisfaction, approval, etc
- possessing the desired recreational drugs
- a class, group, kind, etc, as distinguished by some common quality or characteristic
- informal type of character, nature, etche's a good sort
- a more or less definable or adequate exampleit's a sort of review
- (often plural) printing any of the individual characters making up a fount of type
- archaic manner; wayin this sort we struggled home
- after a sort to some extent
- of sorts or of a sort
- of an inferior kind
- of an indefinite kind
- out of sorts not in normal good health, temper, etc
- sort of informal
- (adverb)in some way or other; as it were; rather
- (sentence substitute)used to express reservation or qualified assentI’m only joking. Sort of
- (tr) to arrange according to class, type, etc
- (tr) to put (something) into working order
- (tr) to arrange (computer information) by machine in an order convenient to the computer user
- (tr foll by with) informal to supply, esp with drugs
- (intr; foll by with, together, etc) archaic, or dialect to associate, as on friendly terms
- (intr) archaic to agree; accord
Word Origin for sort
Word Origin and History for sorted
late 14c., from Old French sorte "class, kind," from Latin sortem (nominative sors) "lot; fate, destiny; share, portion; rank, category; sex, class, oracular response, prophecy," from PIE root *ser- (3) "to line up" (cf. Latin serere "to arrange, attach, join;" see series). The sense evolution in Vulgar Latin is from "what is allotted to one by fate," to "fortune, condition," to "rank, class, order." Out of sorts "not in usual good condition" is attested from 1620s, with literal sense of "out of stock."
Idioms and Phrases with sorted
see after a fashion (sort); all kinds (sorts) of; bad sort; it takes all sorts; kind (sort) of; nothing of the kind (sort); of sorts; out of sorts.