Definition of classification in English:

classification

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The action or process of classifying something:

    ‘the classification of disease according to symptoms’
    • ‘A functional classification of the banking institutions is based on their respective business activities.’
    • ‘Because of the complex diversity of savanna monkeys, many different classification schemes exist.’
    • ‘Diagnostic codes (based on the international classification of diseases) are registered.’
    • ‘The process of classification determines what material is suitable for which age group, and in this it seems fair enough.’
    • ‘Both male and females are encouraged to play, and because of the classification process gender advantages don't exist.’
    • ‘Even without a complete hierarchical system for classification, metadata is useful where pure full text search fails.’
    • ‘The Consortium's classification scheme seems to assume that their categories are relevant internationally.’
    • ‘Poor kids were rejected by the same classification system as well.’
    • ‘Following correct classification of this stimulus, the next word in the list was presented.’
    • ‘No single classification scheme for bronchiolar diseases has been widely accepted.’
    • ‘Scale is one of the classification criteria used in my geological model.’
    • ‘Like all classification systems, genre typologies are not naive, innocent or objective.’
    • ‘More importantly, this classification process enables us to begin to understand the value of our data.’
    • ‘Wound classification should be a collaborative effort between surgeons and perioperative nurses.’
    • ‘When one looks at the classification schema, it makes sense.’
    • ‘Does this represent a revolution in classification processes?’
    • ‘For example, in faceted classification you will probably want to label each facet.’
    • ‘Virtually every book and paper on historical linguistics assumes a hierarchical classification.’
    • ‘The hierarchical classification involved with physical height seems clearly to hold for many cultures.’
    • ‘Typologies are classification systems based on theoretical assumptions and constructs.’
    categorization, categorizing, classifying, classing, grouping, grading, ranking, organization, sorting, codification, systematization, stratification
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    1. 1.1Biology The arrangement of animals and plants in taxonomic groups according to their observed similarities (including at least kingdom and phylum in animals, division in plants, and class, order, family, genus, and species):
      ‘the classification of the platypus was one of the critical issues of the 1830s’
      ‘diagnostic features in reptilian classification’
      • ‘The previous classification of wagtails clearly conflicts with the mtDNA divisions.’
      • ‘More detailed classification of platyhelminths is available from the Tree of Life at the University of Arizona.’
      • ‘Recent rapid advances in molecular systematics have shaken the fundamental bases of fungus classification.’
      • ‘Classification within the genus Italopodisma, based solely on subtle differences in the shape of the male genitalia, is known to be difficult.’
      • ‘Early debate about their classification arose from their unusual mixture of morphologic characters.’
    2. 1.2[count noun] A category into which something is put:
      ‘new classifications for drivers of commercial vehicles’
      • ‘We also need to allow individuals and groups to determine their own identities free of bureaucratic classifications.’
      • ‘You are not bound, of course, to accept the categories or classifications.’
      • ‘In the older population the use of classifications based on current occupation is problematic.’
      • ‘Several classifications are used to categorize individual apple trees.’
      • ‘Traditional degree classifications could become a thing of the past after a new report declared them outdated.’
      • ‘There were types and classifications of trash, and each had to be handled in its special way.’
      • ‘However, it became increasingly clear that six classifications could not fully explain the impact of class on buying behaviour.’
      • ‘The total score on the instrument determines security classification.’
      • ‘And there you have the answer that makes the classifications practical, given the formal style of Chinese art.’
      • ‘In whose interest does it serve to make such stark classifications?’
      • ‘There is no specific list of surgical procedures with corresponding wound classifications.’
      • ‘After this penalty, the South African lost two places in the overall classification.’
      • ‘These classifications are further subdivided for male and female students.’
      • ‘However, with four possible severity classifications, 25 % of participants would be correctly classified by random assignment.’
      • ‘The proposed new categories have parallels with the classifications which are already used for unit trusts.’
      • ‘Such classifications are required and are secular more than religious.’
      • ‘It would mean changing its existing two-tier share classifications into a single share category.’
      • ‘Such a size disparity, over two weight classifications, is not permitted under the rules.’
      • ‘The researcher records a score for the number of errors and notes the classifications and type of each.’
      • ‘Given the myriad of asset classes and fund classifications, measuring fund performance is difficult.’
      category, class, group, grouping, grade, grading, rating, ranking, bracket
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Pronunciation

classification

/ˌklasɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/