What does sorting mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sort, sortingnoun

    an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion

    "the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting"

  2. classification, categorization, categorisation, sortingnoun

    the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories

  3. sortingnoun

    grouping by class or kind or size


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Webster Dictionary

  1. Sorting

    of Sort


  1. Sorting

    Sorting is any process of arranging items in some sequence and/or in different sets, and accordingly, it has two common, yet distinct meanings: ⁕ordering: arranging items of the same kind, class, nature, etc. in some ordered sequence, ⁕categorizing: grouping and labeling items with similar properties together.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. sorting

    In counterdrug operations, the process involved in differentiating traffic which could be involved in drug trafficking from legitimate air traffic. See also counterdrug operations.

Editors Contribution

  1. sortingverb

    Verb form of the word sort.

    They were sorting out the plans for their wedding together, making loving and united choices to ensure their day was simple, loving, unifying, peaceful with fun, love, unity, dancing, singing and trampolining !

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sorting' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4729

Anagrams for sorting »

  1. storing

  2. trigons

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sorting in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sorting in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sorting in a Sentence

  1. Jens Lehmann:

    By sorting the bank notes he helped the Nazi regime to benefit economically.

  2. Nick Cienski:

    We are still sorting through a lot of emotions; 24 hours ago we were wrapping people's body parts in bags, so on the one hand (there is) the reality of that ... and on the second hand, we are climbers and this is sort of what we do. And so, does it make sense to continue?

  3. Bernard Swiecki:

    Sorting out the unionization of the EV battery plants probably makes this the most interesting set of negotiations since the bankruptcy era.

  4. Daniel Mallinson:

    Penn State Harrisburg's probably my bigger concern, the legitimacy being undermined by these smaller things where there is a process for sorting them out.

  5. Jonathan Knight:

    You see all your favorite characters and artifacts, whether it's the Sorting Hat, or Buckbeak, or whether it's Harry himself or Newt Scamander.

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