Clas·si·fi·ca·tion n. The act of forming into a class or classes; a distribution into groups, as classes, orders, families, etc., according to some common relations or affinities.
Artificial classification. Science See under Artifitial.
n 1: the act of distributing things into classes or categories of
the same type [syn: categorization, categorisation,
compartmentalization, compartmentalisation, assortment]
2: a group of people or things arranged by class or category
[syn: categorization, categorisation]
3: the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or
categories [syn: categorization, categorisation, sorting]
4: restriction imposed by the government on documents or
weapons that are available only to certain authorized
people [ant: declassification]