Dewey decimal system

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Dewey decimal system: Melvil Dewey

Dewey Decimal System

(Library Science & Bibliography) a frequently used system of library book classification and arrangement with ten main subject classes. Also called: decimal classification Abbreviation: DDS
[C19: named after Melvil Dewey (1851–1931), US educator who invented the system]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Dewey decimal system - a system used by libraries to classify nonfictional publications into subject categories; the subject is indicated by a three-digit numeral and further specification is given by numerals following a decimal point; publications are shelved by number
classification system - a system for classifying things
References in periodicals archive ?
I identified some key skills that should be taught in the library to all pupils at The Elms: the need for students to feel comfortable with using a system, such as the Dewey Decimal system in the library, the discovery of information within different media as well as developing an understanding of the ethics involved in the production and use of information.
The top-rated, luxury library-themed hotel has arranged its floors according to the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System -- remember literature, history and math from back in the day?
With the purchase of the Library Bureau, founded in the 1800s by Melvil Dewey--creator of the Dewey Decimal System, as well as library furniture, ModuForm solidified its move into the woodworking marker.
After all, didn't George introduce the Dewey decimal system into Afghanistan, something that Alexander the Great and the Soviet Union both failed to do?
A fundamental flaw in the vast majority of articles on folksonomies and taxonomies is the almost universal use of the Dewey Decimal System (or Library of Congress Subject Headings) as the example taxonomy.
While the Dewey Decimal System was a filter that made paper libraries easily navigable, there is no similar system online.
In their introduction to Between the Covers, Hammond and Heltzel state their organizing principle, with a nod to library classification: "Just as the Dewey Decimal System was invented to impose order on books, we've created a system of our own to guide and stimulate your reading .
And he implied that if his son had suffered any emotional damage from this shushing, she might very well find herself being sued--right down to her Dewey Decimal System.
He was named after the Dewey decimal system used to catalogue books and lived at the library until his death last November.
The standard format developed by The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) works and looks something like the Dewey decimal system.
Should the collections use Library of Congress (LC) classification or the Dewey Decimal System, or both?