Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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 The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ore concentration and milling, an apparatus for subdividing ore-pulp, according to the size and density of the mineral articles, in moving currents.
  • noun One who classifies; one who constructs or applies a system of classification; a taxonomist.
  • noun A figure, mark, or symbol used in classifying.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who classifies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who classifies.
  • noun linguistics 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.
  • noun A machine that separates particles or objects of different size or density

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

  • noun 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
  • noun a person who creates classifications

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

to classify + -er.

Examples

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  • In ASL, a classifier is a hand movement with a handshape. It is typically used to describe an object's properties, or to describe an action. It is not a sign, because it does not simply refer to an noun or verb or the like, nor is it recognized or regulated as a sign by anyone.

    May 3, 2018