Definitions

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

  • n. A word or morpheme used in some languages in certain contexts, such as counting, that indicates the semantic class to which an item belongs. For example, hon is used in Japanese in counting long slender objects such as sticks or pencils.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who classifies.
  • n. A word or morpheme used in some languages (such as Japanese and American Sign Language), in certain contexts (such as counting), to indicate the semantic class to which something belongs.
  • n. A machine that separates particles or objects of different size or density

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who classifies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who classifies; one who constructs or applies a system of classification; a taxonomist.
  • n. A figure, mark, or symbol used in classifying.
  • n. In the Chinese spoken language, one of a number of words that serve to point out which one of several things called by the same name (though differently written) is intended. Also called numeratives, because of their frequent use after numerals.
  • n. In ore concentration and milling, an apparatus for subdividing ore-pulp, according to the size and density of the mineral articles, in moving currents.

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

  • n. a word or morpheme used in some languages in certain contexts (such as counting) to indicate the semantic class to which the counted item belongs
  • n. a person who creates classifications

Etymologies

to classify + -er. (Wiktionary)

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