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 sort sort /ˈsɔrt/

noun

  1. () A category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality  ( variety , form , sort , kind )
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
     Sculpture is a form of art
    sculpture is a form of art
     What kinds of desserts are there?
    what kinds of desserts are there?
  2. () An approximate definition or example  ( sort )
    an approximate definition or example
     She wore a sort of magenta dress
    she wore a sort of magenta dress
     She served a creamy sort of dessert thing
    she served a creamy sort of dessert thing
  3. () A person of a particular character or nature  ( sort )
    a person of a particular character or nature
     What sort of person is he?
    what sort of person is he?
     He's a good sort
    he's a good sort
  4. An operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion  ( sort , sorting )
    an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion
     The bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting
    the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting

verb

  1. Arrange or order by classes or categories  ( assort , sort , class , classify , separate , sort out )
    arrange or order by classes or categories
     How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?
    How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?
  2. Examine in order to test suitability  ( screen , screen out , sieve , sort )
    examine in order to test suitability
     Screen these samples
    screen these samples
     Screen the job applicants
    screen the job applicants


 altercation altercation /ˌɔːltərˈkeɪʃən/

noun

  1. () Noisy quarrel  ( affray , fracas , altercation )
    noisy quarrel
     The altercation in the bar was quickly diffused by the bouncer.
    The altercation in the bar was quickly diffused by the bouncer.


 geometrid moth geometrid moth /dʒiːˈɒmɪtrɪd mɒθ/

noun

  1. Slender-bodied broad-winged moth whose larvae are called measuring worms  ( geometrid , geometrid moth )
    slender-bodied broad-winged moth whose larvae are called measuring worms


 plumule plumule /ˈpluːmjuːl/

noun

  1. Down feather of young birds; persists in some adult birds  ( plumule )
    down feather of young birds; persists in some adult birds
     The bird's plumule was soft to touch, indicating its young age.
    The bird's plumule was soft to touch, indicating its young age.