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Meaning of classifier

clas•si•fi•er

Pronunciation: (klas'u-fī"ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that classifies.
  2. a device for separating solids of different characteristics by controlled rates of settling.
  3. (in Chinese, Japanese, and other languages) a word or morpheme that corresponds to a semantic class of nouns and regularly accompanies any noun of that class in certain syntactic constructions, such as those of numeration.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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