Sort v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sorting.]
1. 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. --Sir I. Newton.
2. To reduce to order from a confused state.
3. To conjoin; to put together in distribution; to class.
Shellfish have been, by some of the ancients, compared and sorted with insects. --Bacon.
She sorts things present with things past. --Sir J. Davies.
4. To choose from a number; to select; to cull.
That he may sort out a worthy spouse. --Chapman.
I'll sort some other time to visit you. --Shak.
5. To conform; to adapt; to accommodate. [R.]
I pray thee, sort thy heart to patience. --Shak.
n 1: an operation that segregates items into groups according to
a specified criterion; "the bottleneck in mail delivery
it the process of sorting" [syn: sort]
2: the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or
categories [syn: classification, categorization, categorisation]
3: grouping by class or kind or size