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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Sort \Sort\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sorted; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.
2. To reduce to order from a confused state. --Hooker.
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.
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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: an operation that segregates items into groups according to
a specified criterion; "the bottleneck in mail delivery is
the process of sorting" [syn: sort, sorting]
2: the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or
categories [syn: classification, categorization,
3: grouping by class or kind or size
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
53 Moby Thesaurus words for "sorting":
EDP, analysis, analyzing, appraisal, arrangement, assessment,
assortment, cataloging, categorization, classification,
classifying, codification, collating, computer technology,
computer typesetting, computing, culling, data processing,
data retrieval, division, electronic data processing, evaluation,
factoring, filing, gauging, gradation, grading, grouping,
high-speed data handling, identification, indexing,
machine computation, pigeonholing, placement, ranging, ranking,
rating, reporting, scanning, screening, selection, sifting,
sifting out, sorting out, stratification, subdivision,
subordination, tabulation, taxonomy, triage, typology, weighing,
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :
1. To arrange a collection of items
in some specified order. The items - records in a file or
data structures in memory - consist of one or more fields or
members. One of these fields is designated as the "sort key"
which means the records will be ordered according to the value
of that field. Sometimes a sequence of key fields is
specified such that if all earlier keys are equal then the
later keys will be compared. Within each field some ordering
is imposed, e.g. ascending or descending numerical, lexical
ordering, or date.
Sorting is the subject of a great deal of study since it is a
common operation which can consume a lot of computer time.
There are many well-known sorting algorithms with different
time and space behaviour and programming complexity.
Examples are quicksort, insertion sort, bubble sort,
heap sort, and tree sort. These employ many different
data structures to store sorted data, such as arrays,
linked lists, and binary trees.
2. The Unix utility program for sorting lines of
Unix manual page: sort(1).
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