• A Sorting Jack
    A Sorting Jack
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sort arrange or order by classes or categories "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
    • v sort examine in order to test suitability "screen these samples","screen the job applicants"
    • n sort an approximate definition or example "she wore a sort of magenta dress","she served a creamy sort of dessert thing"
    • n sort a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality "sculpture is a form of art","what kinds of desserts are there?"
    • n sort a person of a particular character or nature "what sort of person is he?","he's a good sort"
    • n sort an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion "the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lumber Sorting Shed. Virginia, Minnesota Lumber Sorting Shed. Virginia, Minnesota
We Were All out of Sorts--4-63-524 We Were All out of Sorts--4-63-524
What sort of painter What sort of painter

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the U.S., over 35 million people have used some sort of illegal drug in the last year
    • Sort A chance group; a company of persons who happen to be together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals. "A sort of shepherds.""A sort of steers.""A sort of doves.""A sort of rogues.""A boy, a child, and we a sort of us,
      Vowed against his voyage."
    • Sort A kind or species; any number or collection of individual persons or things characterized by the same or like qualities; a class or order; as, a sort of men; a sort of horses; a sort of trees; a sort of poems.
    • Sort A pair; a set; a suit.
    • n Sort Chance; lot; destiny. "By aventure, or sort , or cas [chance].""Let blockish Ajax draw
      The sort to fight with Hector."
    • Sort Condition above the vulgar; rank.
    • Sort (Print) Letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered. "As when the total kind Of birds, in orderly array on wing,
      Came summoned over Eden to receive
      Their names of there."
      "None of noble sort Would so offend a virgin."
    • Sort Manner; form of being or acting. "Which for my part I covet to perform,
      In sort as through the world I did proclaim."
      "Flowers, in such sort worn, can neither be smelt nor seen well by those that wear them.""I'll deceive you in another sort .""To Adam in what sort Shall I appear?""I shall not be wholly without praise, if in some sort I have copied his style."
    • Sort To choose from a number; to select; to cull. "That he may sort out a worthy spouse.""I'll sort some other time to visit you."
    • Sort To conform; to adapt; to accommodate. "I pray thee, sort thy heart to patience."
    • Sort To conjoin; to put together in distribution; to class. "Shellfish have been, by some of the ancients, compared and sorted with insects.""She sorts things present with things past."
    • Sort To join or associate with others, esp. with others of the same kind or species; to agree. "Nor do metals only sort and herd with metals in the earth, and minerals with minerals.""The illiberality of parents towards children makes them base, and sort with any company."
    • Sort To reduce to order from a confused state.
    • Sort To separate, and place in distinct classes or divisions, as things having different qualities; as, to sort cloths according to their colors; to sort wool or thread according to its fineness. "Rays which differ in refrangibility may be parted and sorted from one another."
    • Sort To suit; to fit; to be in accord; to harmonize. "They are happy whose natures sort with their vocations.""Things sort not to my will.""I can not tell you precisely how they sorted ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
    • n sort A lot; that which is awarded or determined by lot; hence, in general, one's fate, fortune, or destiny.
    • n sort Allotted station or position; condition; rank; specifically, high rank; social eminence.
    • n sort Characteristic mode of being; nature; quality; character.
    • n sort 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 sort Specifically— A particular class or order of people.
    • n sort 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 sort 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 sort A number or quantity of things of the same kind or used together; a set; a suit.
    • n sort A group; a flock; a troop; a company.
    • n sort Particular mode of action or procedure; manner; fashion; way.
    • n sort Out of health or spirits; out of the normal condition of body or mind; cross.
    • n sort In printing, short of one or more characters in type: said of a compositor, or of his case.
    • n sort [Sort, like kind, is often erroneously used in the singular form with a plural force and connection. Compare kind.
    • n sort 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.
    • sort To give or appoint by lot; hence, in general, to allot; assign.
    • sort To ordain; decree.
    • sort To select; choose; pick out.
    • sort To set apart; assign to a particular place or station; rank; class.
    • sort To separate into sorts; arrange according to kind; classify: sometimes with over.
    • sort To conform; accommodate; adapt; suit.
    • sort To put in the proper state or order; set right; adjust; dispose.
    • sort To supply in suitable sorts; assort.
    • sort To procure; obtain; attain; reach.
    • sort To punish; chastise.
    • sort To cast lots; decide or divine anything by lot; hence, in general, to practise divination or soothsaying.
    • sort To come to pass; chance; happen; turn out; specifically, to have a satisfactory issue; succeed.
    • sort To tend; lead; conduce.
    • sort To be of the same sort or class (with another); be like or comparable; consort; associate; agree; harmonize: with with, rarely to.
    • sort To be suitable or favorable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Have you ever questioned your sanity? You have good reason to. Did you know that one out of every four people has some sort of pychological 'problem'?
    • n Sort sort a number of persons or things having like qualities: class, kind, or species: order or rank: manner
    • v.t Sort to separate into lots or classes: to put together: to select: to procure, adapt: to geld:
    • v.i Sort to be joined with others of the same sort: to associate: to suit
    • v.t Sort (Scot.) to adjust, put right, dispose, fix: to punish
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  • Ernest Hemingway
    “As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.”
  • Jim Critchfield
    Jim Critchfield
    “You are wise, witty and wonderful, but you spend too much time reading this sort of stuff.”
  • George Eliot
    “The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.”
  • Aristotle
    “Happiness is a sort of action.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A man's library is a sort of harem.”


Out of sorts - If you are feeling a bit upset and depressed, you are out of sorts.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sorie,cf. It. sorta, sorte,), from L. sors, sorti, a lot, part, probably akin to serere, to connect. See Series, and cf. Assort Consort Resort Sorcery Sort lot


In literature:

He took me into an office or sort of shop, full of all sorts of ship's stores.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
I turns my own face away now, so as not to embarrass him, for I seen he was sort of off his balance.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
And they weren't the sort to lose much time either.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
If I were to lead the same sort of life as here, and with the same sort of people, I should be quite satisfied to go.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
That's not the sort of poetry she makes me learn.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
There is a sort of natural sympathy between them and her.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The girls sorted them eagerly, putting them pell-mell into the drawers without the slightest attempt at any sort of order.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
That's not quite the sort of thing the New York woman does, and you know it.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
He isn't a bad sort, take him all around, but he's a pessimist of the most pessimistic sort.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
I am never above consulting you on that sort of subject.
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson

In poetry:

His horse, who never in that sort
Had handled been before,
What thing upon his back had got
Did wonder more and more.
"The Diverting History Of John Gilpin, Showing How He Went Farther Than He Intended, And Came Safe Ho" by William Cowper
It's a blessed sort of feeling,
Whether you live or die,
To know you've helped your country,
And fought right loyally.
"A Rainy Day in Camp" by Anonymous Americas
"Please, Sir," the Undergraduates said,
Turning a little blue,
"We did not know that was the sort
Of thing we had to do."
"We thank you much," the Vulture said,
"Send up another two."
"The Vulture and the Husbandman" by Arthur Clement Hilton
This thing has got me thinkin' hard,
But there is worse upon my mind.
What sort of luck has broke my guard
That I should be the man to find
A girl like that? . . . The whole world's wrong!
Why was I born to live and long?
"Old Bob Blair" by C J Dennis
There was a sort of quiet bliss To be so deeply loved,
To gaze on trembling eagerness And sit myself unmoved. And when it pleased my pride to grant,
At last some rare caress,
To feel the fever of that hand
My fingers deigned to press.
"Gilbert" by Charlotte Bronte
"There ain't no other chap alive I'd stand it from," said Bill,
"But we've allus sailed together, an' I guess we allus will:
'E's a sort o' blessed inkybus or Old Man o' the Sea,
An' there ain't no shakin' of 'im off — for why? Because 'e's me!"
"Bill's Enemy" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

A FEW years ago, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey asked commuters what sorts of stores they would like to see at the 42d Street bus terminal .
(Sort of like being a critic.).
In this Nov 11, 2010 file photo, Katherine Braun sorts packages toward the right shipping area at an fulfillment center in Goodyear, Ariz.
Hangout Fest Schedule Sorted by Time.
Rollie's dad Teddy was a radio pioneer of sorts in the Albertan province.
Cadre of film buffs helps Netflix viewers sort through the clutter.
Is this some sort of Jackass stunt.
Using Tiny 'Speed Bumps,' Micro-Sorting Device Could Catch Roaming Cancer Cells .
SF, PG&E try to sort out Candlestick outages.
We explore the greatest musclecar graveyard of all time and find all sorts of gems.
I've been all sorts of places.
'We're not trying to shove any sort of gospel down someone's throat,' says Jason Reece.
On its daily four-hour trip across a swath of southwest oil country Tuesday, Amtrak's Heartland Flyer was blazing a new trail of sorts: one fueled by biodiesel.
WACO — Baylor nickelback Ahmad Dixon has been a trailblazer of sorts for the Bears program.
The "Year One" star is yapping on Twitter and gabbing up on his blog about all sorts of news.

In science:

Thus, one should sort the configurations according to their values of ν and make the comparison with RMT separately in sectors of fixed topological charge.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
But this follows from the sort of counting arguments used by Voiculescu in .
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
The following sort of result is standard, but a proof is provided here for completeness.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
The next example, however, shows that the sort of spectral decomposition found in Theorem 6.3 and closedness of the subspace Er (y ) do not always hold.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
Suppose Y ; : : : ; Yn is a topological sort of the nodes in G.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks