Definitions for: Sort

[n] an approximate definition or example; "she wore a sort of magenta dress"; "she served a creamy sort of dessert thing"
[n] a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
[n] a person of a particular character or nature; "what sort of person is he?"; "he's a good sort"
[n] an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion; "the bottleneck in mail delivery it the process of sorting"
[v] arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
[v] examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants"

Webster (1913) Definition: Sort, n. [F. sorl, L. sors, sortis. See Sort kind.]
Chance; lot; destiny. [Obs.]

By aventure, or sort, or cas [chance]. --Chaucer.

Let blockish Ajax draw The sort to fight with Hector.

Sort, n. [F. sorie (cf. It. sorta, sorte), from L. sors,
sorti, a lot, part, probably akin to serere to connect. See
Series, and cf. Assort, Consort, Resort, Sorcery,
Sort lot.]
1. A kind or species; any number or collection of individual
persons or things characterized by the same or like
qualities; a class or order; as, a sort of men; a sort of
horses; a sort of trees; a sort of poems.

2. Manner; form of being or acting.

Which for my part I covet to perform, In sort as
through the world I did proclaim. --Spenser.

Flowers, in such sort worn, can neither be smelt nor
seen well by those that wear them. --Hooker.

I'll deceive you in another sort. --Shak.

To Adam in what sort Shall I appear? --Milton.

I shall not be wholly without praise, if in some
sort I have copied his style. --Dryden.

3. Condition above the vulgar; rank. [Obs.] --Shak.

4. A chance group; a company of persons who happen to be
together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals. [Obs.]
``A sort of shepherds.'' --Spenser. ``A sort of steers.''
--Spenser. ``A sort of doves.'' --Dryden. ``A sort of
rogues.'' --Massinger.

A boy, a child, and we a sort of us, Vowed against
his voyage. --Chapman.

5. A pair; a set; a suit. --Johnson.

6. pl. (Print.) Letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or
quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered.

Out of sorts (Print.), with some letters or sorts of type
deficient or exhausted in the case or font; hence,
colloquially, out of order; ill; vexed; disturbed.

To run upon sorts (Print.), to use or require a greater
number of some particular letters, figures, or marks than
the regular proportion, as, for example, in making an

Syn: Kind; species; rank; condition.

Usage: Sort, Kind. Kind originally denoted things of the
same family, or bound together by some natural
affinity; and hence, a class. Sort signifies that
which constitutes a particular lot of parcel, not
implying necessarily the idea of affinity, but of mere
assemblage. the two words are now used to a great
extent interchangeably, though sort (perhaps from its
original meaning of lot) sometimes carries with it a
slight tone of disparagement or contempt, as when we
say, that sort of people, that sort of language.

As when the total kind Of birds, in orderly array on wing,
Came summoned over Eden to receive Their names of there.

None of noble sort Would so offend a virgin. --Shak.

Sort, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sorted; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To separate, and place in distinct classes or divisions,
as things having different qualities; as, to sort cloths
according to their colors; to sort wool or thread
according to its fineness.

Rays which differ in refrangibility may be parted
and sorted from one another. --Sir I.

2. To reduce to order from a confused state. --Hooker.

3. To conjoin; to put together in distribution; to class.

Shellfish have been, by some of the ancients,
compared and sorted with insects. --Bacon.

She sorts things present with things past. --Sir J.

4. To choose from a number; to select; to cull.

That he may sort out a worthy spouse. --Chapman.

I'll sort some other time to visit you. --Shak.

5. To conform; to adapt; to accommodate. [R.]

I pray thee, sort thy heart to patience. --Shak.

Sort, v. i.
1. To join or associate with others, esp. with others of the
same kind or species; to agree.

Nor do metals only sort and herd with metals in the
earth, and minerals with minerals. --Woodward.

The illiberality of parents towards children makes
them base, and sort with any company. --Bacon.

2. To suit; to fit; to be in accord; to harmonize.

They are happy whose natures sort with their
vocations. --Bacon.

Things sort not to my will. --herbert.

I can not tell you precisely how they sorted. --Sir
W. Scott.

Synonyms: assort, class, classify, form, kind, screen, screen out, separate, sieve, sort out, sorting, variety

See Also: antitype, art form, brand, catalog, catalogue, categorise, categorize, category, choose, color, colour, compare, count, description, dichotomise, dichotomize, flavor, flavour, genre, genus, grade, group, human, ilk, individual, isolate, make, manner, model, mortal, number, operation, person, pick out, pigeonhole, reclassify, refer, select, similarity, size, somebody, someone, soul, species, stamp, stereotype, style, take, the like, the likes of, type, unitise, unitize

Try our:
Scrabble Word Finder

Scrabble Cheat

Words With Friends Cheat

Hanging With Friends Cheat

Scramble With Friends Cheat

Ruzzle Cheat

Related Resources:
animlas that start with k