Definitions of sorting
  1. noun
    an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion
    synonyms: sort
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    (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction)
  2. noun
    the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories
    synonyms: categorisation, categorization, classification
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    being of coordinate importance, rank, or degree
    appraisal, assessment
    the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
    ascription, attribution
    assigning to a cause or source
    ascription, attribution
    assigning some quality or character to a person or thing
    cross-classification, cross-division
    classification according to more than one attribute at the same time
    incorporating something under a more general category
    critical analysis, critical appraisal
    an appraisal based on careful analytical evaluation
    the attribution of animal forms or qualities to a god
    the attribution of consciousness and personality to natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to objects such as plants and stones
    the attribution to a source or cause
    externalisation, externalization
    attributing to outside causes
    evaluation, rating, valuation
    an appraisal of the value of something
    assay, check
    an appraisal of the state of affairs
    acid test
    a rigorous or crucial appraisal
    reappraisal, reassessment, revaluation, review
    a new appraisal or evaluation
    an appraisal that underestimates the value of something
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    basic cognitive process
    cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge
  3. noun
    grouping by class or kind or size
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    sorting and allocating aid on the basis of need for or likely benefit from medical treatment or food
    sorting one thing from others
    the separation of grain or seeds from the husks and straw
    sifting, winnow, winnowing
    the act of separating grain from chaff
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    the activity of putting things together in groups
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