- 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.
sort definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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 a group of records in a particular way, as chronologically or alphabetically, so that they can be accessed more efficiently
sort definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A group of persons or things of the same general character; a kind.
- Character or nature: books of all sorts.
- 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).
- A person; an individual: The clerk is a decent sort.
- A way of acting or behaving.
- sorts Printing One of the characters in a font of type.
- An act or instance of sorting: did a sort on the columns of data.
- To arrange according to class, kind, or size; classify. See Synonyms at arrange.
- To separate from others: sort out the wheat from the chaff.
- To clarify by going over mentally: She tried to sort out her problems.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sors, sort-, lot; see ser-2 in Indo-European roots.
- sortˈa·ble adjective
- sortˈer noun
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
sort - Phrases/Idioms
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
after a sort
- of /a sort
- Of a mediocre or inferior kind: a constitutional government of a sort.
- Of one kind or another: knew many folktales of sorts.
out of sorts
- Slightly ill.
- Irritable; cross: The teacher is out of sorts this morning.