Meaning of category
Pronunciation: (kat'i-gôr"ē, -gōr"ē), [key]
— pl. -ries.
- any general or comprehensive division; a class.
- a classificatory division in any field of knowledge, as a phylum or any of its subdivisions in biology.
- (in Aristotelian philosophy) any of the fundamental modes of existence, such as substance, quality, and quantity, as determined by analysis of the different possible kinds of predication.
- (in Kantian philosophy) any of the fundamental principles of the understanding, as the principle of causation.
- any classification of terms that is ultimate and not susceptible to further analysis.
- Also called a game in which a key word and a list of categories, as dogs, automobiles, or rivers, are selected, and in which each player writes down a word in each category that begins with each of the letters of the key word, the player writing down the most words within a time limit being declared the winner.
- a type of mathematical object, as a set, group, or metric space, together with a set of mappings from such an object to other objects of the same type.
- category (Thesaurus)