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 for Sort
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sort \Sort\, n. [F. sorl, L. sors, sortis. See Sort kind.]
     Chance; lot; destiny. [Obs.]
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           By aventure, or sort, or cas [chance].   --Chaucer.
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           Let blockish Ajax draw
           The sort to fight with Hector.           --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sort \Sort\, n. [F. sorie (cf. It. sorta, sorte), from L. sors,
     sorti, a lot, part, probably akin to serere to connect. See
     Series, and cf. Assort, Consort, Resort, Sorcery,
     Sort lot.]
     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.
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     2. Manner; form of being or acting.
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              Which for my part I covet to perform,
              In sort as through the world I did proclaim.
                                                    --Spenser.
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              Flowers, in such sort worn, can neither be smelt nor
              seen well by those that wear them.    --Hooker.
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              I'll deceive you in another sort.     --Shak.
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              To Adam in what sort
              Shall I appear?                       --Milton.
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              I shall not be wholly without praise, if in some
              sort I have copied his style.         --Dryden.
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     3. Condition above the vulgar; rank. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     4. A chance group; a company of persons who happen to be
        together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals. [Obs.]
        "A sort of shepherds." --Spenser. "A sort of steers."
        --Spenser. "A sort of doves." --Dryden. "A sort of
        rogues." --Massinger.
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              A boy, a child, and we a sort of us,
              Vowed against his voyage.             --Chapman.
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     5. A pair; a set; a suit. --Johnson.
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     6. pl. (Print.) Letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or
        quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered.
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     Out of sorts (Print.), with some letters or sorts of type
        deficient or exhausted in the case or font; hence,
        colloquially, out of order; ill; vexed; disturbed.
  
     To run upon sorts (Print.), to use or require a greater
        number of some particular letters, figures, or marks than
        the regular proportion, as, for example, in making an
        index.
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     Syn: Kind; species; rank; condition.
  
     Usage: Sort, Kind. Kind originally denoted things of the
            same family, or bound together by some natural
            affinity; and hence, a class. Sort signifies that
            which constitutes a particular lot of parcel, not
            implying necessarily the idea of affinity, but of mere
            assemblage. the two words are now used to a great
            extent interchangeably, though sort (perhaps from its
            original meaning of lot) sometimes carries with it a
            slight tone of disparagement or contempt, as when we
            say, that sort of people, that sort of language.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sort \Sort\, v. i.
     1. To join or associate with others, esp. with others of the
        same kind or species; to agree.
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              Nor do metals only sort and herd with metals in the
              earth, and minerals with minerals.    --Woodward.
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              The illiberality of parents towards children makes
              them base, and sort with any company. --Bacon.
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     2. To suit; to fit; to be in accord; to harmonize.
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              They are happy whose natures sort with their
              vocations.                            --Bacon.
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              Things sort not to my will.           --herbert.
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              I can not tell you precisely how they sorted. --Sir
                                                    W. Scott.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sort \Sort\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sorted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Sorting.]
     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.
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              Rays which differ in refrangibility may be parted
              and sorted from one another.          --Sir I.
                                                    Newton.
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     2. To reduce to order from a confused state. --Hooker.
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     3. To conjoin; to put together in distribution; to class.
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              Shellfish have been, by some of the ancients,
              compared and sorted with insects.     --Bacon.
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              She sorts things present with things past. --Sir J.
                                                    Davies.
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     4. To choose from a number; to select; to cull.
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              That he may sort out a worthy spouse. --Chapman.
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              I'll sort some other time to visit you. --Shak.
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     5. To conform; to adapt; to accommodate. [R.]
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              I pray thee, sort thy heart to patience. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sort
      n 1: a category of things distinguished by some common
           characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art";
           "what kinds of desserts are there?" [syn: kind, sort,
           form, variety]
      2: an approximate definition or example; "she wore a sort of
         magenta dress"; "she served a creamy sort of dessert thing"
      3: a person of a particular character or nature; "what sort of
         person is he?"; "he's a good sort"
      4: an operation that segregates items into groups according to a
         specified criterion; "the bottleneck in mail delivery is the
         process of sorting" [syn: sort, sorting]
      v 1: examine in order to test suitability; "screen these
           samples"; "screen the job applicants" [syn: screen,
           screen out, sieve, sort]
      2: arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you
         classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?" [syn:
         classify, class, sort, assort, sort out,
         separate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  200 Moby Thesaurus words for "sort":
     adjust, ailing, alphabetize, analyze, appraise, arrange, array,
     assess, assort, batch, battery, blood, body, body-build, bolt,
     brand, break down, breed, bulk, cast, catalog, catalogue,
     categorize, category, character, characteristic, characteristics,
     characterize, choose, clan, clarify, class, classification,
     classify, clear up, clutch, codify, collate, color, comb, combine,
     complexion, composition, constituents, constitution,
     contradistinguish, crasis, cull, decide, demarcate, demark,
     denomination, describe, description, designation, dharma,
     diathesis, differentiate, digest, discriminate, disposition,
     distinguish, divide, draw the line, enlarge, ethos, evaluate,
     factor, family, feather, fiber, file, form, frame, gauge, genius,
     genre, genus, gradate, grade, graduate, grain, group, habit, hue,
     humor, humors, identify, ilk, index, indisposed, individual,
     kidney, kin, kind, label, line, list, lot, low, make, makeup,
     manner, mark, mark the interface, match, measure, merge, mold,
     mould, nature, number, of a sort, of sorts, order, organize,
     out of sorts, parcel, person, persuasion, phylum, physique, pick,
     pick out, pigeonhole, place, property, proportion, put straight,
     quality, race, range, rank, rate, resolve, riddle, screen,
     screen out, segregate, select, separate, set, set a limit,
     set apart, set off, set straight, sever, severalize, shape, sieve,
     sieve out, sift, sift out, size, solve, somatotype, somewhat,
     sort of, sort out, species, spirit, split hairs, stamp, stock,
     straighten out, strain, streak, stripe, style, subdivide, subgenus,
     subordinate, subspecies, subtilize, suchness, suite, system,
     systematize, systemize, tabulate, temper, temperament, tendency,
     tenor, the like of, the likes of, thing, thrash out, throw,
     tidy up, tone, tribe, type, under the weather, unwell, variety,
     vein, way, weigh, winnow
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  sort
  sorting
  
     1.  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.  The Unix utility program for sorting lines of
     files.
  
     Unix manual page: sort(1).
  
     (1997-02-12)
  

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