classifier

classifier

[klas-uh-fahy-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that classifies.
2.
a device for separating solids of different characteristics by controlled rates of settling.
3.
Grammar. (in Chinese, Japanese, and other languages) a word or morpheme that corresponds to a semantic class of nouns and regularly accompanies any noun of that class in certain syntactic constructions, such as those of numeration.

Origin:
1810–20; classify + -er1

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classify (ˈklæsɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to arrange or order by classes; categorize
2.  government to declare (information, documents, etc) of possible aid to an enemy and therefore not available to people outside a restricted group
 
[C18: back formation from classification]
 
'classifiable
 
adj
 
'classifier
 
n

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