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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of assorting; separation into classes.
  • n. A collection of various kinds; a variety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A collection of varying but related items.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of assorting, or distributing into sorts, kinds, or classes.
  • n. A collection or quantity of things distributed into kinds or sorts; a number of things assorted.
  • n. A collection containing a variety of sorts or kinds adapted to various wants, demands, or purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of assorting or distributing into sorts, kinds, or classes, or of selecting and suiting.
  • n. A collection of things assorted: as, an assortment of goods; “an assortment of paintings,”
  • n. A class or group into which objects are assorted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type
  • n. a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

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