assortment

Definitions

  • An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or other ornamental device) stamped on the shoulders of the wine bottles which they ordered from England
    An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or other ornamental device) stamped on the shoulders of the wine bottles which they ordered from England
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n assortment the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type
    • n assortment a collection containing a variety of sorts of things "a great assortment of cars was on display","he had a variety of disorders","a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An assortment of carpenters’ tools unearthed at Jamestown. Most of them were used over three centuries ago An assortment of carpenters’ tools unearthed at Jamestown. Most of them were used over three centuries ago

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coffee as a medicine reached its highest and lowest point in the 1600's in England. Wild medical contraptions to administer a mixture of coffee and an assortment of heated butter, honey, and oil, became treatments for the sick. Soon tea replaced coffee as the national beverage.
    • Assortment A collection containing a variety of sorts or kinds adapted to various wants, demands, or purposes; as, an assortment of goods.
    • Assortment A collection or quantity of things distributed into kinds or sorts; a number of things assorted.
    • Assortment Act of assorting, or distributing into sorts, kinds, or classes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the average human life, you will consume 70 assorted bugs as well as 10 spiders whilst you sleep.
    • n assortment The act of assorting or distributing into sorts, kinds, or classes, or of selecting and suiting.
    • n assortment A collection of things assorted: as, an assortment of goods; “an assortment of paintings,”
    • n assortment A class or group into which objects are assorted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In an average lifetime, a person will eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders while sleeping.
    • Assortment act of assorting: a quantity or number of things assorted: variety
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. assortiment,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. assortir—L. ad, to, sors, a lot.

Usage

In literature:

Such are the strangely-assorted characters that make up this charming play.
"Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters, Volume I." by H. N. Hudson
James Henry Guff showed up with his Voice in a Shawl-Strap and also a fine Assortment of Platitudes.
"People You Know" by George Ade
Mr. H. has just completed a large assortment of jokes, which will be suitable for all occurrences of the table, whether dinner or tea.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 1, July 17, 1841" by Various
Moreover, here is an assortment of many thousand broken promises and other broken ware, all very light and packed into little space.
"Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
It was a queerly assorted embassy that rode out of the gates of the stockade, the ambassador and his linguister.
"The Frontiersmen" by Charles Egbert Craddock
Entering the hut I found a varied assortment of deer skins, cooking and other utensils, dogs, dirt, and children.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
You must have lungs, not bellows; and an active heart, not an assortment of sluggish auricles and ventricles.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
Such an assortment of them!
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
We have an assortment of Queen's Shillings fresh from the Mint.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, November 28, 1891" by Various
The union, if rashly undertaken in the midst of civil strifes, was yet well assorted.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
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In poetry:

Extraordinary geraniums
crowded the front windows,
the floors glittered with
assorted linoleums.
"A Summer’s Dream" by Elizabeth Bishop
"Where now the blending signs of sect
Would puzzle their assorter,
The dry-shod Quaker kept the land,
The Baptist held the water.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
He thinks he's won his Josephine,
But though the sky is now serene,
A frowning thunderbolt above
May end their ill-assorted love
Which now is all ablaze.
"HMS Pinafore: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Locally grown Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Yer Vang, pictured above, and her mother, Chao Lee, of Fairview, offer an assortment of fruits and vegetables at the Garden Sass Farmers' Market in Cassville each week.
Doing things on his own terms, the Montreal transition killer has assembled a dizzying assortment of nearly every combination of spins and corks with a triple cork and even a massive double cork into powder.
Darice makes large bags of assorted sequins and spangles and assorted cup sequins for $3.99 … and the bags have enough sequins to make dozens of earrings.
The quiz that tests your knowledge of sports, pop culture and assorted trivia.
Simply Shabby Chic will be the newest domestics brand to join the home assortment at Target stores in the coming months, Target Corp. Executives said during its third quarter conference call last week.
When I stopped by on a Monday evening, the restaurant was relatively quiet — only a few other customers at the assorted tables.
Members of the congregation at Zion Baptist Church were surprised to learn that someone had broken into their house of worship last week and stole an assortment of items.
Taking cues from its soft window treatment division, table linens and kitchen textiles company Elrene Home Fashions added shower curtain s to its growing assortment.
Logophiliacs ought to subscribe to it at Wordsmith.org, for Garg trots out some doozies, and each includes the meaning, etymology, assorted notes and examples of usage.
Dragon Ranch's Asian-American barbecue (and assorted other stuff) exceeds low expectations.
Welcome to the 2010 season of Spanish Fly , Vida del Mar and other assorted salt water goodies that are on ESPN 2's Saltwater Sunday block.
Paul Adkins does a little bit of everything at Sportsmans, which he owns with partners Mike Guidarelli and Bob Tedesco Jr He can fix problems with assorted bowling machines.
541-826-7621) an outpost for honey and honey products from second-generation Wild Bee Honey Farm plus a fine assortment of 100 percent beeswax candles.
There were 27 dogs, two cats, one chinchilla and various and assorted humans in attendance.
The blue sky above shed light on the assortment of colors in paintings, photographs, jewelry and other artwork on display Saturday at the Downtown Grand Haven Art Festival.
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In science:

The degree-degree correlation is not only estimated by knn (k), but it is also exactly given by the assortativity coefficient, which is the Pearson correlation coefficient of degree between pairs of connected nodes.
Degree Correlations in Random Geometric Graphs
As for the average clustering coefficient, we use the notation r2 to indicate the assortativity coefficient of a 2-dimensional RGG.
Degree Correlations in Random Geometric Graphs
The constant Ad depends on the neighborhood volume shape and represents the asymptotic value for the average clustering coefficient cd and the assortativity coefficient rd .
Degree Correlations in Random Geometric Graphs
One can interpret 1 − m as an assortment parameter.
Altruism can proliferate through group/kin selection despite high random gene flow
Because migration is completely random in 2lFW, this assortment represents a worst case scenario, abstracting away additional assortment caused by kin recognition, greenbeard effects, selective acceptance of migrants, joint migration of individuals, etc.
Altruism can proliferate through group/kin selection despite high random gene flow
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