sort: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (sôrt), [key]
- a particular kind, species, variety, class, or group, distinguished by a common character or nature: to develop a new sort of painting; nice people, of course, but not really our sort.
- character, quality, or nature: young people of a nice sort.
- an example of something that is undistinguished or barely adequate: He is a sort of poet.
- manner, fashion, or way: We spoke in this sort for several minutes.
- any of the individual characters making up a font of type.
- characters of a particular font that are rarely used.
- an instance of sorting.
- a tennis player of sorts.
- of a mediocre or poor kind:a tennis player of sorts.
- of one sort or another; of an indefinite kind. Also,of a sort.
- to be out of sorts because of the weather.
- in low spirits; depressed.
- in poor health; indisposed; ill.
- in a bad temper; irritable:to be out of sorts because of the weather.
- Print.short of certain characters of a font of type.
- in a way; somewhat; rather: Their conversation was sort of tiresome.
- to arrange according to sort, kind, or class; separate into sorts; classify: to sort socks; to sort eggs by grade.
- to separate or take from other sorts or from others (often fol. by out): to sort the good from the bad; to sort out the children's socks.
- to assign to a particular class, group, or place (often fol. by with, together, etc.): to sort people together indiscriminately.
- to provide with food and shelter.
- to place (records) in order, as numerical or alphabetical, based on the contents of one or more keys contained in each record. Cf. (def. 19).
- to suit; agree; fit.
- to associate, mingle, or be friendly.
- We'll just have to wait and see how things sort out.
- evolve; develop; turn out:We'll just have to wait and see how things sort out.
- to put in order; clarify:After I sort things out here, I'll be able to concentrate on your problem.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.