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Sort appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Sort seams, maestros!
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Usage statistics for the noun sort:

spoken English83.07%written English16.93% conversational speech34.35%task-oriented speech65.65% imaginative writing67.24%informational writing32.76%
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Sort is sometimes a misspelling of short or sought.

The word sort is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun sort

What does sort mean as a name of something?

Sort is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in speech, being the 10th most common noun in spoken English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: sorts

  1. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
  2. an approximate definition or example
    • examples: she wore a sort of magenta dress | she served a creamy sort of dessert thing
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: similarity = the quality of being similar
  3. a person of a particular character or nature
  4. an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion
    • example: the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonym of sort: sorting
    • more generic word: operation = data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule

Alternative definition of the noun sort


  1. A general type.
  2. [dated] group, company.
  3. [informal] A person.
  4. An act of sorting.
  5. [computing] An algorithm for sorting a list of items into a particular order.
  6. [typography] A piece of metal type used to print one letter, character, or symbol in a particular size and style.

Definition of the verb sort

What does sort mean as a doing word?

Sort is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: sorted | sorting | sorts

  1. examine in order to test suitability
  2. arrange or order by classes or categories
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]The curator classified the artifacts
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]She classified the works as 'dangerous'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] in [Destination]She classified the articles into different genres

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): bracket, catalogue, categorize, chunk, class, classify, code, grade, group, isolate, lump, number, reclassify, recode, regroup, separate, sort out.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of sort: assort / class / classify / separate / sort out
    • more generic words: categorise / categorize = place into or assign to a category
    • more specific words:
      • unitise / unitize = separate or classify into units
      • catalogue / catalog = make an itemized list or catalog of
      • isolate = separate (experiences) from the emotions relating to them
      • refer = think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another
      • reclassify = classify anew, change the previous classification
      • size = sort according to size
      • dichotomise / dichotomize = divide into two opposing groups or kinds
      • pigeonhole / stereotype / stamp = treat or classify according to a mental stereotype
      • group = arrange into a group or groups
      • grade = determine the grade of or assign a grade to
      • number / count = put into a group
    • entailment: compare = examine and note the similarities or differences of

Alternative definition of the verb sort


  1. [transitive] To separate according to certain criteria.
  2. [transitive] To arrange into some order, especially numerically, alphabetically or chronologically.
  3. [British] To fix a problem, to handle a task; to sort out.


"Sort" is a musical single of NRG.

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  1. Sort: In typesetting by hand compositing, a sort or type is a piece of type representing a particular letter or symbol, cast from a matrix mould and assembled with other sorts bearing additional letters into lines of type to make up a form from which a page is printed.
  2. sort: In Unix-like operating systems, sort is a standard command line program that prints the lines of its input or concatenation of all files listed in its argument list in sorted order. Sorting is done based on one or more sort keys extracted from each line of input. By default, the entire input is taken as sort key. Blank space is the default field separator.
  3. sort is a function in C++ Standard Library that takes two random-access iterators, the start and the end, as arguments and performs a comparison sort on the range of elements between the two iterators, front-inclusive and end-exclusive: [start, end).
  4. SORT or Statistics and Operations Research Transactions is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal that publishes papers related to statistics. It is published by the Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya, the statistical office of Catalonia, in English with a brief summary in Catalan.

Phrases with Sort

Phrases starting with the word Sort:

  1. sort of
  2. sort out
  3. Sort Code
  4. sort program
  5. Sort Oneself Out

Phrases ending with the word Sort:

  1. In Sort
  2. Copy Sort
  3. Radix sort
  4. Bubble Sort

Other phrase containing the word Sort:

  1. to sort out

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sort

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Google previewThe Botanist's and Gardener's New Dictionary; in which is Also Comprised, A Gardener's Calendar ... and to which is Prefixed an Introduction to the Linnæan System of Botany (1763)

by James WHEELER (Gardener at Gloucester.)

The third sort is a native os the east, and the sourth grows naturally in the southern parts os Europe : both sorts may be propagated by slips in the spring, and the plants require a dry soil, and a warm situation. The fifth and sixth species grow ...

Google previewThe Botanist's and Gardener's New Dictionary (1763)

Containing the Names, Classes, Orders, Generic Characters, and Specific Distinctions of the Several Plants Cultivated in England, According to ... Linnaeus ... In which is Also Comprised, a Gardener's Calendar ... and to which is Prefixed, an Introduction to the Linnaean System of Botany ... by James Wheeler

The tenth sort is a native of England: but there is a variety of it with double flowers cultivated in the gardens; it is a perennial plant, propagated by its creeping roots. The eleventh sort grows naturally in Siberia, and propagates fast in the same ...

Google previewThe Gardeners Dictionary (1768)

Containing the Best and Newest Methods of Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen, Fruit, Flower Gardens, and Nursery, as Also for Performing the Practical Parts of Agriculture, Including the Management of Vineyards, with the Methods of Making and Preserving Wine, According to the Present Practice of the Most Skilful Vignerons in the Several Wine Countries in Europe : Together with Directions for Propagating and Improving, from Real Practice and Experience, All Sorts of Timber Trees

The third sort is an annual plant, which grows naturally in the northern counties of England. The stalks of this rise about nine inches high, which are divided at the top into several branches, which are clothed with oblong heart-shaped leaves, ...

Google previewStatic Analysis (2005)

12th International Symposium, SAS 2005, London, UK, September 7-9, 2005, Proceedings by Chris Hankin, Igor Siveroni

The Set sort is the tuple: (VSet ,CSet ,{∪,∩,0,1},{⊆,=}). Here VSet is a set of set- valued variables, ∪,∩, ⊆, and = are the standard set operations, 0 is the empty set, and 1 is the universal set. Each pure Set expression denotes a set of ground ...

Google previewData Structures And Algorithms (2014)

Made Easy. by Harry. H. Chaudhary.

The idea behind the shell sort is a simple one. We have already noted that the...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Special Education (2004)

A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

The Q,sort is a technique used to implemem Q, mcihodology. a set of philosophicaL psychologicaL statisticaL and psychometric ideas propounded by William Stephenson 1 19531. The Q,sort was developed as a research tooL in particular a ...

Google previewThe Cyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature (1819)

by Abraham Rees

The second sort is a tree which rises to the height of thirty or forty feet, having a large trunk with numerous branches, with large bunches of flowers of a white colour at the ends of them. It is a native of most parts of Europe, flowering in May.

Google previewThe Abridgment of the Gardener's Dictionary. The Sixth Edition ... Much Enlarged (1771)

by Philip Miller

The tenth sort is the common wild or Wood Sage, which grows naturally in woods and thickets in many parts of England, so is rarely admitted into gardens; this has a erecping perennial root, from which arise stiff, ligneous, four-cornered stalks ...

Google previewA Botanical Dictionary (1805)

Or, Elements of Systematic and Philosophical Botany by Colin Milne

From the root, and leaves of the West-India, orBarbadoes aloe, is prepared the second sort, called, from its colour, which is a dark red like that of a liver, hepatic aloes. This fort, which is coarser than the former, and seldom used in medicine ...

Google previewThe Sporting Dictionary and Rural Repository of General Information Upon Every Subject Appertaining to the Sports of the Field (1803)

by William Taplin

sort are affected, originates in an impoverished state of the blood, occasioned by a want of proper healthy food, and a constant expofure to the elements in the severity of the winter season. When arrived at a certain degree of virulence, ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Merchandize and Nomenclature in All European Languages (1815)

by C. H. Kauffman

The second sort is that of the Prince of Pantelaria, shipped at Palma, about one tarin dearer than common brimstone. The third sort in quality, is that of the Prince of Butera, shipped from Falconara or Lycata. Then comes the fabric of the Due of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (2009)

by Harry Henderson

bubbLe sort The bubble sort is based on making comparisons and swaps. It makes the most convenient comparison possible: each record with its neighbor. The algorithm looks at the first two records. If the second has a lower key than the first, ...

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Usage statistics about sort

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun sort:

spoken English83.07%written English16.93% conversational speech34.35%task-oriented speech65.65% imaginative writing67.24%informational writing32.76%

Usage statistics for the verb sort:

conversational speech60.67%task-oriented speech39.33%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb sort:


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Quotes about Sort

The curse of me & my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort. (Ezra Pound)
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Scrabble value of S1O1R1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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