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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sort  \Sort\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Sorted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Sorting}.] 
  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. 
  Newton. 
 
  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. 
  Davies. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  sorting 
  n  1:  an  operation  that  segregates  items  into  groups  according  to 
  a  specified  criterion;  "the  bottleneck  in  mail  delivery 
  it  the  process  of  sorting"  [syn:  {sort}] 
  2:  the  basic  cognitive  process  of  arranging  into  classes  or 
  categories  [syn:  {classification},  {categorization}] 
  3:  grouping  by  class  or  kind  or  size 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  sorting 
 
  See  {sort}. 
 
 




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