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
2: an approximate definition or example; "she wore a sort of
magenta dress"; "she served a creamy sort of dessert
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 it
the process of sorting" [syn: sorting
v 1: examine in order to test suitability; "screen these
samples"; "screen the job applicants" [syn: screen
2: arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you
classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
, sort out