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1. A group of persons or things of the same general character; a kind. See Usage Note at kind2.
2. Character or nature: books of a subversive sort.
3. One that exemplifies the characteristics of or serves a similar function to another: "A large dinner-party ... made a sort of general introduction for her to the society of the neighbourhood" (George Eliot).
4. A person; an individual: The clerk is a decent sort.
5. Computers An operation that arranges data in a specified way: did an alphabetic sort on the columns of data.
6. Archaic A way of acting or behaving: "in this sort the simple household lived / From day to day" (William Wordsworth).
v. sort·ed, sort·ing, sorts
1. To place or arrange according to class, kind, or size; classify: sorted the books into boxes by genre. See Synonyms at arrange.
2. To separate from others: sort the wheat from the chaff.
1. To make a search or examination of a collection of things: sorted through the laundry looking for a matching sock.
2. To be or become arranged in a certain way.
Phrasal Verb:
sort out
1. To separate from others: sorted out the books to be donated to the library.
2. To clarify or resolve: She tried to sort out her problems.
3. To bring or restore to health or good condition: A good night's sleep will sort you out.
4. To reprimand or punish (someone) for a mistake or offense.
after a sort
In a haphazard or imperfect way: managed to paint the chair after a sort.
of sorts/a sort
1. Of a mediocre or inferior kind: a constitutional government of a sort.
2. Of one kind or another: knew many folktales of sorts.
out of sorts
1. Slightly ill.
2. Irritable; cross: The teacher is out of sorts this morning.
sort of Informal
Somewhat; rather: "Gambling and prostitution ... have been prohibited, but only sort of" (George F. Will).

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sors, sort-, lot; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]

sort′a·ble adj.
sort′er n.


an exclamation of satisfaction, approval, etc
(Recreational Drugs) possessing the desired recreational drugs
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sorted - arranged according to size
sized - having a specified size
2.sorted - arranged into groups
classified - arranged into classes
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Each system is individually configured according to the type of grain to be sorted, the process requirements and the output required.
Contract notice: Open invitation to tender for the collection and analysis of the incoming deposit of selective collections, sorting refusals and products sorted out of the sorting centers.
You would specify up to three key fields and indicate if you wanted each field sorted ascending or descending.
This high level of customization results in a broad spectrum of plastics that need to be identified and sorted at end of life.
Washington, Aug 1 (ANI): Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, shattered "the terabyte barrier" - and a world record - when they sorted over one terabyte of data (1,000 gigabytes or 1 million megabytes) in merely 60 seconds.
2] hem-fir lumber sorted with an NMI capacitance type meter.
1]search 1 <He sorted through a stack of papers.
Mixed C&D recyclers may also be striving to produce marketable old corrugated containers (OCC) and other grades of paper; plastic scrap; a clean gypsum product; metals sorted into ferrous and nonferrous streams; and a "fines" (the fraction of smallest particles) product that may be suitable for either alternative daily cover (ADC) at a landfill or perhaps upgraded to another use, such as for creating berms and other land-shaping goals.
But in order to obtain sufficient and constant quality of the sorted paper fractions, it is essential to organize the sorting processes more efficiently, automate them as far as possible and provide them with suitable quality checks.
Volunteers from Studley sorted five-coat bundles into 2525 bags, 500 more bags that normally sorted by a team that size, according to Jennifer Gonzales of New York Cares.
During the recent Cockermouth project BRP staff sorted lambs into four categories which were sold through the ring as usual and compared to the average price for non-sorted sheep sold that same day at Cockermouth.
After the sort was completed, Sara was asked to read the sorted words.