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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So here are three things to watch for football this fall: No longer is the postseason limited to the top four teams in each region across four classifications. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Fall sports previews: 3 things to watch for Carroll County football in 2019," 4 Sep. 2019 Analysts said the black rectangle in the photo’s upper-left-hand corner likely covered up the photo’s classification. Washington Post, "Mysterious Iran rocket blast draws Trump tweet, Tehran taunt," 3 Sep. 2019 Analysts said the black rectangle in the photo's upper-left-hand corner likely covered up the photo's classification. CBS News, "Iran admits rocket exploded after technical malfunction," 2 Sep. 2019 But the schools signed their contract in the summer of 2015, about eight months before Idaho announced its plan to change classifications. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Penn State will owe Idaho $1.45 million for game even though Vandals are FCS. Here's why," 31 Aug. 2019 Analysts said the black rectangle in the photo’s upper-left-hand corner likely covered up the photo’s classification. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "Trump tweets high-quality, possibly declassified surveillance photo of Iranian rocket launch pad," 31 Aug. 2019 The federal government classifies the dike as being at a Level 1 risk of failure, the highest danger classification. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Lake Okeechobee dike likely to hold as Hurricane Dorian threatens to swamp Florida, Army Corps says," 30 Aug. 2019 Every review of the document upheld a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) classification for it. Marcy Wheeler, The New Republic, "How Trump’s Justice Department Screwed James Comey," 30 Aug. 2019 The schedule is 11 weeks long, with a bye week for Class 4A and 3A. Those two classifications begin postseason play Nov. 15, while playoffs for all other classes start the week before. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "The top Colorado prep football games to watch each week of the 2019 season," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of classification

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of classification was in 1767

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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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