Class (klȧs), 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.
2. A number of students in a school or
college, of the same standing, or pursuing the same
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.
4. A set; a kind or description, species
She had lost one class energies.
5. (Methodist Church) One of the
sections into which a church or congregation is divided, and
which is under the supervision of a class
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.
Class, v. i. To grouped or
The genus or famiky under which it
Class (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Classed (?); 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.
☞ In scientific arrangement, to classify is used
instead of to class. Dana.
2. To divide into classes, as students;
to form into, or place in, a class or classes.