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King James Dictionary [1]

Class, n.

1. An order or rank of persons a number of persons in society, supposed to have some resemblance or equality, in rank, education, property, talents, and the like as in the phrase, all classes of men in society.

The readers of poetry may be distinguished into three classes, according to their capacity of judging.

2. A number of students in a college or school, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies. In colleges, the students entering or becoming members the same year, and pursuing the same studies. In academies and schools, the pupils who learn the same lesson, and recite together. In some cases, students of different standings, pursuing the same studies and reciting together, or attending the same professor, or the same course of lectures. 3. Scientific division or arrangement a set of beings or things, having something in common, or ranged under a common denomination. Hence in zoology, animals are divided into classes as quadrupeds, fowls, fishes, &c. So in botany, plants are arranged in classes. Classes are natural or artificial natural, when founded on natural relations, or resemblances artificial, when formed arbitrarily, for want of a complete knowledge of natural relations.


1. To arrange in a class or classes to arrange in sets, or ranks, according to some method founded on natural distinctions to place together, or in one division, men or things which have or are supposed to have something in common. 2. To place in ranks or divisions students that are pursuing the same studies to form into a class or classes.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): (n.) To divide into classes, as students; to form into, or place in, a class or classes.

(2): (n.) A number of students in a school or college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies.

(3): (n.) 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.

(4): (n.) A set; a kind or description, species or variety.

(5): (n.) One of the sections into which a church or congregation is divided, and which is under the supervision of a class leader.

(6): (n.) A group of individuals ranked together as possessing common characteristics; as, the different classes of society; the educated class; the lower classes.

(7): (v. i.) To grouped or classed.

(8): (n.) To arrange in classes; to classify or refer to some class; as, to class words or passages.