Webster 1913 Edition
classe, fr. L.
classisclass, collection, fleet; akin to Gr.
καλεῖνto call, E.
A group of individuals ranked together as possessing common characteristics;
as, the different.
classesof society; the educated
class; the lower
A number of students in a school or college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same studies.
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.
A set; a kind or description, species or variety.
She had lost one
One of the sections into which a church or congregation is divided, and which is under the supervision of a class leader.
Class of a curve
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.–
a meeting of a class under the charge of a class leader, for counsel and relegious instruction.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To arrange in classes; to classify or refer to some class;
classwords or passages
☞ In scientific arrangement, to classify is used instead of to class.
To divide into classes, as students; to form into, or place in, a class or classes.
To be grouped or classed.
The genus or family under which it
Webster 1828 Edition
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.