"sorting" in the noun sense
1. sort, sorting
an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion
"the bottleneck in mail delivery is the process of sorting"
2. classification, categorization, categorisation, sorting
the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories
grouping by class or kind or size
"sorting" in the verb sense
1. screen, screen out, sieve, sort
examine in order to test suitability
"screen these samples"
"screen the job applicants"
2. classify, class, sort, assort, sort out, separate
arrange or order by classes or categories
"How would you classify these pottery shards
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