Origin of sorting
- any of the individual characters making up a font of type.
- characters of a particular font that are rarely used.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
Origin of sort
Synonyms for sort
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
Papa's company is paid by all the others to do the floating down stream and the sorting out.The Adventures of Bobby Orde
Stewart Edward White
And, in this sorting, the department manager's stenographer can render valuable assistance.
We have spoken of sorting the animal kingdom into its various kinds.Stories of the Universe: Animal Life
Let them have the pleasure and benefit which come from sorting the ravelings.Hand-Loom Weaving
Mattie Phipps Todd
When she entered the room again we were sorting out our letters and papers, and she said, "You surely must be sappers!"From John O'Groats to Land's End
Robert Naylor and John Naylor
- of an inferior kind
- of an indefinite kind
- (adverb)in some way or other; as it were; rather
- (sentence substitute)used to express reservation or qualified assentI’m only joking. Sort of
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."
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.