classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio) \

Definition of classification

1 : the act or process of classifying
2a : systematic arrangement in groups or categories according to established criteria specifically : taxonomy

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Other Words from classification

classificatory \ ˈkla-​sə-​fi-​kə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce classificatory (audio) , kla-​ˈsi-​fə-​ How to pronounce classificatory (audio) , ˈkla-​sə-​fə-​ˌkā-​tə-​rē How to pronounce classificatory (audio) \ adjective

Examples of classification in a Sentence

the classification of new species job classifications for government workers

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The classification went to the top 126 ranked public and private universities in the nation. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "UTSA celebrates 50 years at Alamo ceremony," 5 June 2019 Below is the list of player and coach-of-the-year winners in each classification. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Timber Creek pitcher named Dairy Farmers baseball player of year in 9A," 15 June 2018 Since 2010, in the two highest classifications in football, 12 of the 16 titles were captured by private or charter schools. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "PIAA needs to change its playoff model, at least in basketball and football | Rick O'Brien," 5 May 2018 The Teamsters also have targeted freight operations that XPO and other companies manage in Southern California over the classification of port truck-drivers as independent contractors. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "House Members Seek Probe Into XPO Logistics’ Worker Treatment," 4 Dec. 2018 The rivalry remains strong, and a new classification of cava specifically designed to compete with the offerings from Champagne has been announced. Krystin Arneson, Marie Claire, "The 5 Best Cavas to Sip Instead of Prosecco This Summer," 7 May 2019 Pai claimed that the new classification of text messaging will ensure that cellular carriers are legally able to block robotexts. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC forces California to drop plan for government fees on text messages," 17 Dec. 2018 The Colt Commando, a shorter version of the M16 used in Vietnam was originally considered a submachine gun but by modern classification standards would be considered a carbine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Selects New Submachine Gun," 2 Apr. 2019 Bryant announced five new processors that deliver more affordable chips within the Coffee Lake family, from the Core i3 classification up through Core i5. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel reveals its 10nm Ice Lake Core and stacked Lakefield CPUs, and 'Project Athena' for laptops," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of classification

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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classification

noun

English Language Learners Definition of classification

: the act or process of putting people or things into groups based on ways that they are alike
: an arrangement of people or things into groups based on ways that they are alike

classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkla-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio) \

Kids Definition of classification

1 : the act of arranging into groups of similar things
2 : an arrangement into groups of similar things a classification of plants

classification

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌklas-(ə-)fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce classification (audio) \

Medical Definition of classification

1 : the act or process of classifying
2 : systematic arrangement of animals and plants in groups or categories according to established criteria specifically : taxonomy sense 2

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classification

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Legal Definition of classification

: the act or method of distributing into a class or category according to characteristics also : a class or category determined by characteristics — see also suspect classification

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