American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A group of persons or things of the same general character; a kind.
- n. Character or nature: books of all sorts.
- n. 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).
- n. A person; an individual: The clerk is a decent sort.
- n. A way of acting or behaving.
- n. Printing One of the characters in a font of type.
- n. An act or instance of sorting: did a sort on the columns of data.
- v. To arrange according to class, kind, or size; classify. See Synonyms at arrange.
- v. To separate from others: sort out the wheat from the chaff.
- v. To clarify by going over mentally: She tried to sort out her problems.
- idiom. after a sort In a haphazard or imperfect way: managed to paint the chair after a sort.
- idiom. sorts Of a mediocre or inferior kind: a constitutional government of a sort.
- idiom. sorts Of one kind or another: knew many folktales of sorts.
- idiom. out of sorts Slightly ill.
- idiom. out of sorts Irritable; cross: The teacher is out of sorts this morning.
- idiom. sort of Informal Somewhat; rather: "Gambling and prostitution . . . have been prohibited, but only sort of” ( George F. Will).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lot; that which is awarded or determined by lot; hence, in general, one's fate, fortune, or destiny.
- n. Allotted station or position; condition; rank; specifically, high rank; social eminence.
- n. Characteristic mode of being; nature; quality; character.
- n. A number of persons, things, ideas, etc., grouped together according to the possession of common attributes; a kind, as determined by nature, quality, character, or habits; a species; a class.
- n. Specifically— A particular class or order of people.
- n. In printing, one of the characters or pieces in a font of type, considered with reference to its relative supply or lack: nearly always in the plural: as, to be out of sorts (that is, to lack some of the necessary types in a case); to order sorts for a font (that is, to order more of the kinds of type of which it is deficient).
- n. Kind: used indefinitely of something more or less resembling the thing specified: with of, like kind of. See kind, n., 5, and compare sort of below.
- n. A number or quantity of things of the same kind or used together; a set; a suit.
- n. A group; a flock; a troop; a company.
- n. Particular mode of action or procedure; manner; fashion; way.
- n. Out of health or spirits; out of the normal condition of body or mind; cross.
- n. In printing, short of one or more characters in type: said of a compositor, or of his case.
- n. [Sort, like kind, is often erroneously used in the singular form with a plural force and connection. Compare kind.
- n. Synonyms Kind, Sort, Kind is by derivation a deeper or more serious word than sort; sort is often used slightingly, while kind is rarely so used.
- To give or appoint by lot; hence, in general, to allot; assign.
- To ordain; decree.
- To select; choose; pick out.
- To set apart; assign to a particular place or station; rank; class.
- To separate into sorts; arrange according to kind; classify: sometimes with over.
- To conform; accommodate; adapt; suit.
- To put in the proper state or order; set right; adjust; dispose.
- To supply in suitable sorts; assort.
- To procure; obtain; attain; reach.
- To punish; chastise.
- To cast lots; decide or divine anything by lot; hence, in general, to practise divination or soothsaying.
- To come to pass; chance; happen; turn out; specifically, to have a satisfactory issue; succeed.
- To tend; lead; conduce.
- To be of the same sort or class (with another); be like or comparable; consort; associate; agree; harmonize: with with, rarely to.
- To be suitable or favorable.
- n. A general type.
- n. dated group, company.
- n. informal A person.
- n. An act of sorting.
- n. computing An algorithm for sorting a list of items into a particular order.
- n. typography A piece of metal type used to print one letter, character, or symbol in a particular size and style.
- v. transitive To separate according to certain criteria.
- v. transitive To arrange into some order, especially numerically, alphabetically or chronologically.
- v. UK To fix a problem, to handle a task; to sort out.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Chance; lot; destiny.
- n. A kind or species; any number or collection of individual persons or things characterized by the same or like qualities; a class or order
- n. Manner; form of being or acting.
- n. obsolete Condition above the vulgar; rank.
- n. obsolete A chance group; a company of persons who happen to be together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals.
- n. A pair; a set; a suit.
- n. (Print.) Letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered.
- v. To separate, and place in distinct classes or divisions, as things having different qualities
- v. To reduce to order from a confused state.
- v. To conjoin; to put together in distribution; to class.
- v. To choose from a number; to select; to cull.
- v. rare To conform; to adapt; to accommodate.
- v. To join or associate with others, esp. with others of the same kind or species; to agree.
- v. To suit; to fit; to be in accord; to harmonize.
- v. examine in order to test suitability
- v. arrange or order by classes or categories
- n. a person of a particular character or nature
- n. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
- n. an approximate definition or example
- n. an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion
- From Old French sortir ("allot, sort"), from Latin sortire ("draw lots, divide, choose"), from sors (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sors, sort-, lot. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
“She was approaching them at a brisk trot, greeting her numerous acquaintance as she passed with familiar nods, at each giving her horses an additional touch, and pursing up her lips to accelerate their speed; indeed, she was so intent upon the management of her reins, and her eyes so fixed upon her cattle, that there was no time for more than a sort of sidelong glance of recognition; and every additional smack of the whip seem'd to say, "_Here I come -- that's your sort_.”
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“Flux was an anarcho-punk band, and the label sort of emulated that ideology.”
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