|n.||1.||A group of individuals ranked together as possessing common characteristics; as, the different classes of society; the educated class; the lower classes.|
|2.||A number of students in a school or college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies.|
|3.||A comprehensive division of animate or inanimate objects, grouped together on account of their common characteristics, in any classification in natural science, and subdivided into orders, families, tribes, genera, etc.|
|4.||A set; a kind or description, species or variety.|
|5.||(Methodist Church) One of the sections into which a church or congregation is divided, and which is under the supervision of a class leader.|
|6.||One session of formal instruction in which one or more teachers instruct a group on some subject. The class may be one of a course of classes, or a single special session.|
|7.||A high degree of elegance, in dress or behavior; the quality of bearing oneself with dignity, grace, and social adeptness.|
|v. t.||1.||To arrange in classes; to classify or refer to some class; as, to class words or passages.|
|2.||To divide into classes, as students; to form into, or place in, a class or classes.|
|v. i.||1.||To be grouped or classed.|
|a.||1.||exhibiting refinement and high character; as, a class act. Opposite of |
|Noun||1.||class - people having the same social or economic status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"|
|2.||class - a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy"|
|3.||class - education imparted in a series of lessons or class meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"|
|4.||class - a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there are two classes of detergents"|
|5.||class - a body of students who graduate together; "the class of '97"; "she was in my year at Hoehandle High"|
|6.||class - a league ranked by quality; "he played baseball in class D for two years"; "Princeton is in the NCAA Division 1-AA"|
|7.||class - elegance in dress or behavior; "she has a lot of class"|
|8.||class - (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders|
|Verb||1.||class - arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"|
CLASS. The order according to which are arranged or distributed, or are
supposed to be arranged or distributed, divers persons or things; thus we
say, a class of legatees.
2. When a legacy is given to a class of individuals, all who answer the description at the time the will takes effect, are entitled; and though the expression be in the plural, yet if there be but one, he shall take the whole. 3 M'Cord, Ch. R. 440.
3. When a bond is given to a class of persons, it is good, and all composing that class are entitled to sue upon it; but if the obligor be a member of such class, the bond is void, because a man cannot be obligor and obligee at the same time; as, if a bond be given to the justices of the county court, and at the time the obligor is himself one of said justices. 3 Dev. 284, 287,289; 4 Dev. 882.
4. When a charge is made against a class of society, a profession, an order or body of men, and cannot possibly import a personal application to private injury, no action lies; but if any one of the class have sustained special damages in consequence of such charge, he may maintain an action. 17 Wend. 52, 23, 186. See 12 John. 475. When the charge is against one of a class, without designating which, no action lies; as, where three persons had been examined as witnesses, and the defendant said in addressing himself to them, "one of you three is perjured." 1 Roll. Ab. 81; Cro. Jac. 107; 16 Pick. 132.
|1.||(programming)||class - The prototype for an object in an
object-oriented language; analogous to a derived type in a
procedural language. A class may also be considered to be a
set of objects which share a common structure and behaviour.
The structure of a class is determined by the class variables which represent the state of an object of that
class and the behaviour is given by a set of methods
associated with the class.|
Classes are related in a class hierarchy. One class may be a specialisation (a "subclass") of another (one of its "superclasses") or it may be composed of other classes or it may use other classes in a client-server relationship. A class may be an abstract class or a concrete class.
See also signature.
|2.||(programming)||class - See type class.|
|3.||(networking)||class - One of three types of Internet addresses distinguished by their most significant bits.|
|4.||(language)||class - A language developed by the Andrew Project. It was one of the first attempts to add object-oriented features to C.|