Definition of classification in English:

classification

noun

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

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

Pronunciation:

classification

/ˌklasɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/