- the process by which sedimentary particles become separated according to some particular characteristic, as size or shape.
Origin of sorting
- 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
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Related Words for sortingcull, separate, catalogue, sift, categorize, comb, arrange, riddle, systematize, rank, group, divide, grade, screen, distribute, winnow, pigeonhole, order, assort, choose
Examples from the Web for sorting
Contemporary Examples of sorting
The system faintly evokes the charm of the Hogwarts houses—without a Sorting Hat, that is.Freshman Year Sucks—and That’s OK
November 12, 2014
Mainly so the rest of the sorting and drying can begin when the downpours get too heavy to be out in the fields.Will Coffee Rust Hurt Starbucks?
June 8, 2014
He poured heaps of them onto a bed and set about sorting the jumble of tiny vehicles.Sochi’s Internal Refugees
February 8, 2014
Journalism has a slightly different set of rules for choosing topics and sorting evidence.Caleb Crain: How I Write
July 31, 2013
She spent years sorting, transcribing, and inventorying the papers.The House that Slavery Built
July 16, 2013
Historical Examples of sorting
"I'm sorting the papers in these drawers," she replied in her usual tone of voice.The Fat and the Thin
Granger went on sorting out his papers, burning them or putting them aside.Murder Point
Thither went the crowd to await the sorting and ultimate distribution.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
She sought ease from the tenseness of the moment in sorting the roses.The Lure of the Mask
They mined the vein, sorting out the ore from the waste and saving every particle.Space Prison
- 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
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."
- The process by which sediment particles that have a certain characteristic, such as a given shape or grain size, are separated from other associated particles by an active agent of transportation, such as wind, a stream, or a glacier.
- A measure of the degree to which this process has occurred within a body of sediment. Wind-blown sediments are usually well-sorted because only a small range of grain sizes can be lifted by a particular wind velocity. Glacially derived sediments are usually poorly sorted because of the great range of particle sizes that are picked up by a moving glacier.
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.