Cutter number

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

Definition of Cutter number

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of cutter number

after Charles A. Cutter †1903 American librarian


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