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 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 Twilio, a company that makes software for texting services, has made a similar argument, while phone companies have argued the classification would hinder their ability to fight spam. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "The FCC’s plan to fight spam texts could give phone companies more power over messaging," 20 Nov. 2018 At the same time, there is still controversy over whether SUDD should even be a separate classification, because its symptoms so closely resemble those of irritable bowel syndrome. Laura Landro, WSJ, "Doctors Rethink the Cause—and Treatment—of Diverticular Disease," 20 Nov. 2018 The classification puts marijuana in the same category as heroin and a more restrictive category than schedule 2 drugs like cocaine and meth. German Lopez, Vox, "Marijuana is illegal under federal law even in states that legalize it," 14 Nov. 2018 There are five official classifications of tequila. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "15 Things Every Tequila Aficionado Needs to Know," 23 July 2018 As football coach, Manale is 29-1 in the regular season since the final game of the 2014 season, and the Cavaliers were state runners-up in Division II, which some say was the toughest classification of all the nine brackets. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Ryan Manale named De La Salle's permanent athletic director," 2 May 2018 Uber drivers are independent contractors, not full-time employees of the ride-hailing company, a federal judge ruled in what is said to be the first classification of Uber drivers under federal law. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber drivers are freelancers, not employees, judge rules," 12 Apr. 2018

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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

noun
clas·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion

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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