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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sort, sorting(noun)

    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, sorting(noun)

    the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories

  3. sorting(noun)

    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. sorting

    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. trigons

  2. storing

How to pronounce sorting?

  1. Alex
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  1. sorting


  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. Michael Sansoterra:

    We're sorting through earnings. It's mixed, but there's no drastic change to the general economic recovery.

  2. Mark Meadows:

    Sorting machines between now and Election Day will not be taken off line.

  3. Dorothea Brande:

    The author of genius does keep till his last breath the spontaneity, the ready sensitiveness, of a child, the "innocence of eye" that means so much to the painter, the ability to respond freshly and quickly to new scenes, and to old scenes as though they were new; to see traits and characteristics as though each were new-minted from the hand of God instead of sorting them quickly into dusty categories and pigeon-holing them without wonder or surprise; to feel situations so immediately and keenly that the word "trite" has hardly any meaning for him; and always to see "the correspondences between things" of which Aristotle spoke two thousand years ago.

  4. Richard Baum:

    I just think we can't stand still, the sorting problem is so huge that we need better quality data earlier.

  5. Wang Yi:

    China will never interfere in the internal affairs of the United States, and we trust that the American people are capable of sorting out their own problems.

Images & Illustrations of sorting

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