- verb to put (a lot of things) in order
- To order, arrange, or group according to category, size, type, function, or the like. Also, such an arrangement or group.
- To order, arrange, or group data or data units into a sequence, or to reorder data or data units into a new sequence. Also, such an ordering, arrangement, or grouping. Examples include the sorting of records, text, or files, by date, alphabetically, or any other desired criteria.
- noun a character in a font of type
- noun a girl or woman. This specific sense of the word as used in working-class British and Australian speech may derive from the archaic ‘salt’.
- acronym forsurface oil resistance time (written as SORT)
Origin & History of “sort”
Latin sors originally denoted a ‘piece of wood used for drawing lots’ (it is the source of English sorcerer). It later developed metaphorically into ‘that which is allotted to one by fate’, and hence one’s ‘fortune’ or ‘condition’, and by the time it had turned into *sorta, in the post-Latin precursor of the romance languages, its meaning had evolved further to ‘rank, class, order’. It was this sense that reached English, via Old French sorte. The notion of ‘arranging into classes’ underlies the verb sort, and also the derived assort (15th c.). from the same source comes consort (15th c.).