- The definition of a sort is a particular kind of person, attitude or action that has a distinctive feature or characteristic.
- A group of people who are kind are an example of a kind sort of people.
- A person who is quiet is an example of a quiet sort of person.
- To sort is to put things in order or group them into categories.
When you put all your white clothes together and all your dark clothes together, this is an example of a situation where you sort your clothes.
- any group of persons or things related by having something in common; kind; class
- quality or type; nature: remarks of that sort
- Archaic manner or way
- Comput. the act or an instance of sorting
- Printing any of the kinds of characters in a font of type
Origin of sortMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form sorta ; from Classical Latin sors (gen. sortis), lot, chance, fate, akin to serere, to join together, arrange: see series
- Archaic to associate; consort
- Archaic to harmonize or agree; suit
- Comput. to arrange data or a group of records in a particular way, as chronologically or alphabetically, for more efficient access
after a sort
- of various kinds
- of a poor or inferior kindalso of a sort
out of sorts
- Printing lacking certain sorts of type
- not in a good humor; cross
- not feeling well; slightly ill
- A group of persons or things of the same general character; a kind. See Usage Note at kind2.
- Character or nature: books of a subversive sort.
- One that exemplifies the characteristics of or serves a similar function to another: “A large dinner-party &ellipsis; made a sort of general introduction for her to the society of the neighbourhood” (George Eliot).
- A person; an individual: The clerk is a decent sort.
- Computers An operation that arranges data in a specified way: did an alphabetic sort on the columns of data.
- Archaic A way of acting or behaving: “in this sort the simple household lived / From day to day” (William Wordsworth).
verbsort·ed, sort·ing, sorts
- To place or arrange according to class, kind, or size; classify: sorted the books into boxes by genre. See Synonyms at arrange.
- To separate from others: sort the wheat from the chaff.
- To make a search or examination of a collection of things: sorted through the laundry looking for a matching sock.
- To be or become arranged in a certain way.
Origin of sortMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin sors, sort-, lot; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A general type.
- Manner; form of being or acting.
- (dated) Group, company.
- (informal) A person.
- This guy's a decent sort.
- An act of sorting.
- I had a sort of my cupboard.
- (computing) An algorithm for sorting a list of items into a particular sequence.
- (typography) A piece of metal type used to print one letter, character, or symbol in a particular size and style.
(third-person singular simple present sorts, present participle sorting, simple past and past participle sorted)
- To separate according to certain criteria.
- Isaac Newton
- Rays which differ in refrangibility may be parted and sorted from one another.
- Isaac Newton
- To arrange into some order, especially numerically, alphabetically or chronologically.
- (UK) To fix a problem, to handle a task; to sort out.
- To conjoin; to put together in distribution; to class.
- (intransitive) To join or associate with others, especially with others of the same kind or species; to agree.
- (intransitive) To suit; to fit; to be in accord; to harmonize.
- I'll sort some other time to visit you.
In British sense “to fix a problem", often used in the form “I'll get you sorted," or “Now that's sorted," - in American usage sort out is used instead.
From Old French sortir (“allot, sort"), from Latin sortire (“draw lots, divide, choose"), from sors
sort - Computer Definition
(2) An external DOS/Windows command that sorts a text file into alphabetical order, providing the text columns are uniform. The following example sorts the text file 1.TXT (starting at character position 1), creating 2.TXT. The < means "input from," and the > means "output to." sort < 1.txt > 2.txt a to z sort < 1.txt > 2.txt /r z to a SORT ON A MIDDLE COLUMN If city begins in character position 60 in 1.TXT, the following examples create 2.TXT in city sequence: sort /+60 < 1.txt > 2.txt a to z sort /+60 < 1.txt > 2.txt /r z to a