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Definition: To run upon sorts
, n. [F. sorie (cf. It. sorta, sorte), from L. sors,
sorti, a lot, part, probably akin to serere to connect. See
, and cf. Assort
1. A kind or species; any number or collection of individual
persons or things characterized by the same or like
qualities; a class or order; as, a sort of men; a sort of
horses; a sort of trees; a sort of poems.
2. Manner; form of being or acting.
Which for my part I covet to perform,
In sort as through the world I did proclaim.
Flowers, in such sort worn, can neither be smelt nor
seen well by those that wear them. --Hooker.
I'll deceive you in another sort. --Shak.
To Adam in what sort
Shall I appear? --Milton.
I shall not be wholly without praise, if in some
sort I have copied his style. --Dryden.
3. Condition above the vulgar; rank. [Obs.] --Shak.
4. A chance group; a company of persons who happen to be
together; a troop; also, an assemblage of animals. [Obs.]
“A sort of shepherds.”
--Spenser. “A sort of steers.”
--Spenser. “A sort of doves.”
--Dryden. “A sort of
A boy, a child, and we a sort of us,
Vowed against his voyage. --Chapman.
5. A pair; a set; a suit. --Johnson.
6. pl. (Print.) Letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or
quadrats, belonging to a case, separately considered.
Out of sorts
(Print.), with some letters or sorts of type
deficient or exhausted in the case or font; hence,
colloquially, out of order; ill; vexed; disturbed.
To run upon sorts
(Print.), to use or require a greater
number of some particular letters, figures, or marks than
the regular proportion, as, for example, in making an
Syn: Kind; species; rank; condition.
. Kind originally denoted things of the
same family, or bound together by some natural
affinity; and hence, a class. Sort signifies that
which constitutes a particular lot of parcel, not
implying necessarily the idea of affinity, but of mere
assemblage. the two words are now used to a great
extent interchangeably, though sort (perhaps from its
original meaning of lot) sometimes carries with it a
slight tone of disparagement or contempt, as when we
say, that sort of people, that sort of language.
As when the total kind
Of birds, in orderly array on wing,
Came summoned over Eden to receive
Their names of there. --Milton.
None of noble sort
Would so offend a virgin. --Shak.