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class    : [kl'æs]
Class \Class\ (kl[.a]s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Classed}
(kl[.a]st); p. pr. & vb. n. {Classing}.] [Cf. F. classer. See
{Class}, n.]
1. To arrange in classes; to classify or refer to some class;
as, to class words or passages.
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Note: In scientific arrangement, to classify is used instead
of to class. --Dana.
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2. To divide into classes, as students; to form into, or
place in, a class or classes.
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Class \Class\ (kl[.a]s), n. [F. classe, fr. L. classis class,
collection, fleet; akin to Gr. klh^sis a calling, kalei^n to
call, E. claim, haul.]
1. A group of individuals ranked together as possessing
common characteristics; as, the different classes of
society; the educated class; the lower classes.
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2. A number of students in a school or college, of the same
standing, or pursuing the same studies.
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3. A comprehensive division of animate or inanimate objects,
grouped together on account of their common
characteristics, in any classification in natural science,
and subdivided into orders, families, tribes, genera, etc.
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4. A set; a kind or description, species or variety.
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She had lost one class energies. --Macaulay.
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5. (Methodist Church) One of the sections into which a church
or congregation is divided, and which is under the
supervision of a class leader.
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6. One session of formal instruction in which one or more
teachers instruct a group on some subject. The class may
be one of a course of classes, or a single special

7. A high degree of elegance, in dress or behavior; the
quality of bearing oneself with dignity, grace, and social

{Class of a curve} (Math.), the kind of a curve as expressed
by the number of tangents that can be drawn from any point
to the curve. A circle is of the second class.

{Class meeting} (Methodist Church), a meeting of a class
under the charge of a class leader, for counsel and
relegious instruction.
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Class \Class\, v. i.
To be grouped or classed.
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The genus or family under which it classes. --Tatham.
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Class \Class\ (kl[.a]s), a.
exhibiting refinement and high character; as, a class act.
Opposite of {low-class} [informal]

Syn: high-class. [PJC]

n 1: a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there
are two classes of detergents" [synonym: {class}, {category},
2: a body of students who are taught together; "early morning
classes are always sleepy" [synonym: {class}, {form}, {grade},
3: people having the same social, economic, or educational
status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
[synonym: {class}, {stratum}, {social class}, {socio-economic
4: education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; "he
took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in
college classes" [synonym: {course}, {course of study}, {course
of instruction}, {class}]
5: a league ranked by quality; "he played baseball in class D
for two years"; "Princeton is in the NCAA Division 1-AA"
[synonym: {class}, {division}]
6: a body of students who graduate together; "the class of '97";
"she was in my year at Hoehandle High" [synonym: {class}, {year}]
7: (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders
8: elegance in dress or behavior; "she has a lot of class"
v 1: arrange or order by classes or categories; "How would you
classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?" [synonym:
{classify}, {class}, {sort}, {assort}, {sort out},

273 Moby Thesaurus words for "class":
account, adherents, advantageousness, agreeableness, allot,
alphabetize, analyze, animal kingdom, antonomasia, appraise,
appreciate, arrange, ashram, assembly, assess, assign, assort,
auspiciousness, bearing, beneficialness, benevolence, benignity,
binomial nomenclature, biosystematics, biosystematy, biotype,
birth, blood, body, bracket, branch, brand, break down, breed,
breeding, brethren, brood, caliber, call, caste, catalog,
categorize, category, church, churchgoers, clan, classification,
classify, codify, cogency, colony, color, commonwealth, commune,
communion, community, condition, confession, congregation,
consider, deme, denomination, descent, description, desert, digest,
discernment, disciples, distinction, divide, division, domain,
echelon, economic class, elegance, endogamous group, estate,
estimate, evaluate, excellence, expedience, extended family,
extraction, factor, fairness, faith, family, favorableness,
feather, figure, file, fineness, first-rateness, flock, fold, folk,
followers, footing, form, form an estimate, gauge, genotype, genre,
gens, genus, give an appreciation, glossology, goodliness,
goodness, grace, grade, grain, group, grouping, guess, head,
heading, healthiness, helpfulness, hierarchy, hold, house,
identify, ilk, importance, index, ism, judge, kidney, kin, kind,
kindness, kingdom, kinship group, label, laity, laymen, league,
level, line, lineage, list, make an estimation, mark, matriclan,
measure, merit, minyan, moiety, nation, nature, niceness,
nomenclature, nonclerics, nonordained persons, nuclear family,
onomastics, onomatology, order, orismology, parish, parishioners,
part, patriclan, pedigree, people, persuasion, phratria, phratry,
phyle, phylum, pigeonhole, place, place-names, place-naming,
plant kingdom, pleasantness, polyonymy, position, power structure,
precedence, predicament, presence, prestige, prize, profitableness,
quality, race, range, rank, rate, rating, realm, reckon,
refinement, regard, rewardingness, rubric, savoir faire, school,
score, sect, section, seculars, separate, sept, series, set,
settlement, sheep, sift, skillfulness, social class, society, sort,
sort out, soundness, species, sphere, stage, stamp, standing,
station, status, stem, stirps, stock, strain, stratum, stripe,
style, subcaste, subclass, subdivide, subdivision, subfamily,
subgenus, subgroup, subkingdom, suborder, subspecies, subtribe,
superclass, superfamily, superiority, superorder, superspecies,
systematics, tabulate, taste, taxonomy, terminology, thrash out,
tier, title, toponymy, totem, track, tribe, trinomialism, type,
usefulness, validity, valuate, value, variety, virtue,
virtuousness, weigh, wholeness, winnow, worth, year

1. The prototype for an {object} in an
{object-oriented language}; analogous to a {derived type} in a
{procedural language}. A class may also be considered to be a
set of objects which share a common structure and behaviour.
The structure of a class is determined by the {class
variables} which represent the {state} of an object of that
class and the behaviour is given by a set of {methods}
associated with the class.

Classes are related in a {class hierarchy}. One class may be
a specialisation (a "{subclass}") of another (one of its
"{superclasses}") or it may be composed of other classes or it
may use other classes in a {client-server} relationship. A
class may be an {abstract class} or a {concrete class}.

See also {signature}.

2. See {type class}.

3. One of three types of {Internet addresses}
distinguished by their most significant bits.

3. A language developed by the {Andrew Project}.
It was one of the first attempts to add {object-oriented}
features to {C}.


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CLASS. The order according to which are arranged or distributed, or are
supposed to be arranged or distributed, divers persons or things; thus we
say, a class of legatees.
2. When a legacy is given to a class of individuals, all who answer the
description at the time the will takes effect, are entitled; and though the
expression be in the plural, yet if there be but one, he shall take the
whole. 3 M'Cord, Ch. R. 440.
3. When a bond is given to a class of persons, it is good, and all
composing that class are entitled to sue upon it; but if the obligor be a
member of such class, the bond is void, because a man cannot be obligor and
obligee at the same time; as, if a bond be given to the justices of the
county court, and at the time the obligor is himself one of said justices. 3
Dev. 284, 287,289; 4 Dev. 882.
4. When a charge is made against a class of society, a profession, an
order or body of men, and cannot possibly import a personal application to
private injury, no action lies; but if any one of the class have sustained
special damages in consequence of such charge, he may maintain an action. 17
Wend. 52, 23, 186. See 12 John. 475. When the charge is against one of a
class, without designating which, no action lies; as, where three persons
had been examined as witnesses, and the defendant said in addressing himself
to them, "one of you three is perjured." 1 Roll. Ab. 81; Cro. Jac. 107; 16
Pick. 132.

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