|n.||1.||Chance; lot; destiny.|
|1.||A kind or species; any number or collection of individual persons or things characterized by the same or like qualities; a class or order; as, a sort of men; a sort of horses; a sort of trees; a sort of poems.|
|2.||Manner; form of being or acting.|
|3.||Condition above the vulgar; rank.|
|4.||A chance group; a company of persons who happen to be together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals.|
|5.||A pair; a set; a suit.|
|6.||(Print.) Letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered.|
As when the total kind
Of birds, in orderly array on wing,
Came summoned over Eden to receive
Their names of there.
|v. t.||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.|
|2.||To reduce to order from a confused state.|
|3.||To conjoin; to put together in distribution; to class.|
|4.||To choose from a number; to select; to cull.|
I'll sort some other time to visit you.
|5.||To conform; to adapt; to accommodate.|
|v. i.||1.||To join or associate with others, esp. with others of the same kind or species; to agree.|
|2.||To suit; to fit; to be in accord; to harmonize.|
Things sort not to my will.
|Noun||1.||sort - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"|
|2.||sort - an approximate definition or example; "she wore a sort of magenta dress"; "she served a creamy sort of dessert thing"|
|3.||sort - a person of a particular character or nature; "what sort of person is he?"; "he's a good sort"|
|4.||sort - an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion; "the bottleneck in mail delivery it the process of sorting"|
|Verb||1.||sort - examine in order to test suitability; "screen these samples"; "screen the job applicants"|
|2.||sort - arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"|
|1.||(application, algorithm)||sort - 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.||(tool)||sort - The Unix utility program for sorting lines of
Unix manual page: sort(1).