to some (great or small) extent; "it was rather cold"; "the party was rather nice"; "the knife is rather dull"; "I rather regret that I cannot attend"; "He's rather good at playing the cello"; "he is kind of shy"
Originally an individual piece of metal type In the world of digital type, where letters have no physical existence until printed, sort has become almost synonymous with character That is, it may refer to the pattern or idea instead of its physical incarnation
If you sort things, you separate them into different classes, groups, or places, for example so that you can do different things with them. The students are sorted into three ability groups He unlatched the box and sorted through the papers I sorted the laundry
You describe someone as a particular sort when you are describing their character. He seemed to be just the right sort for the job She was a very vigorous sort of person What sort of men were they? = type, kind
If you talk about a particular sort of something, you are talking about a class of things that have particular features in common and that belong to a larger group of related things. What sort of school did you go to? There are so many different sorts of mushrooms available these days He had a nice, serious sort of smile That's just the sort of abuse that he will be investigating Eddie was playing a game of some sort = type, kind
an approximate definition or example; "she wore a sort of magenta dress"; "she served a creamy sort of dessert thing" a person of a particular character or nature; "what sort of person is he?"; "he's a good sort" an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion; "the bottleneck in mail delivery it the process of sorting
A process of organizing the records in a database in a specific order, either alphabetically (from A to Z or reverse alphabetically from Z to A) or numerically (from 0 to 9 or reverse numerically from 9 to 0) (DB, Gr 5)
An object-oriented programming language, which laid the groundwork of the paradigm to this day, 'object-oriented' style. To arrange in order Ruby can sort anything, not only array, however complex, if only they're countable (Enumerable is included), and the order is (i e <=> is) defined in each element
Sorting is basically "ordering" records or citations by the contents of a particular field You could sort all the cases in your datafile, for instance, chronologically (this would be a sort on the Year field), or by the primary keyword (this would be a sort on the Keyword field; records or citations would be sorted by the first term in the keyword field
A kind or species; any number or collection of individual persons or things characterized by the same or like qualities; a class or order; as, a sort of men; a sort of horses; a sort of trees; a sort of poems
All sorts of things or people means a large number of different things or people. There are all sorts of animals, including bears, pigs, kangaroos, and penguins Self-help groups of all sorts have been running for more than 20 years
[ 'sort ] (noun.) 14th century. From a reanalysis of "sort of" in a phrase such as "a sort of merry dance" from noun ("sort") and preposition ("of") from the prepositional phrase "of merry dance" to adverb modifying "merry".
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