sorting

[ sawr-ting ]
/ ˈsɔr tɪŋ /

noun Geology.

the process by which sedimentary particles become separated according to some particular characteristic, as size or shape.

Origin of sorting

Definition for sorting (2 of 2)

Origin of sort

1200–50; (noun) Middle English < Middle French sorte < Medieval Latin sort- (stem of sors) kind, allotted status or portion, lot, Latin: orig., voter's lot; (v.) Middle English sorten to allot, arrange, assort (< Middle French sortir) < Latin sortīrī to draw lots, derivative of sors; later senses influenced by the noun and by assort

OTHER WORDS FROM sort

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sort

kind2 sort type (see usage note at kind2) (see usage note at type)

usage note for sort

See kind2.
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British Dictionary definitions for sorting

sort
/ (sɔːt) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of sort

sortable, adjectivesortably, adverbsorter, noun

Word Origin for sort

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin sors kind, from Latin: fate

undefined sort

See kind 2
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Science definitions for sorting

sorting
[ sôrtĭng ]

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with sorting

sort

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.

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