Cutter number

noun
Cut·​ter number | \ ˈkətə(r)-, ˈkətə(r)- \

Definition of Cutter number

: a combination of characters representing an author's surname, composed of the initial letter or the first letters followed by numbers (as M62 = Milne, M64 = Milton), chosen to make the numerical order of the symbols correspond to the alphabetical order of the names, and used to arrange books in the same class alphabetically by authors

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History and Etymology for Cutter number

after Charles A. Cutter †1903 American librarian

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“Cutter number.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cutter%20number. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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