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class

  

      n  
1    a collection or division of people or things sharing a common characteristic, attribute, quality, or property  
2    a group of persons sharing a similar social position and certain economic, political, and cultural characteristics  
3    (in Marxist theory) a group of persons sharing the same relationship to the means of production  
4   
a    the pattern of divisions that exist within a society on the basis of rank, economic status, etc.  
b    (as modifier)  
the class struggle, class distinctions     
5   
a    a group of pupils or students who are taught and study together  
b    a meeting of a group of students for tuition  
6      (Chiefly U.S.)   a group of students who graduated in a specified year  
the class of '53     
7    in combination and as modifier     (Brit)   a grade of attainment in a university honours degree  
second-class honours     
8    one of several standards of accommodation in public transport  
   See also       first class       second class       third class  
9   
a    Informal   excellence or elegance, esp. in dress, design, or behaviour  
that girl's got class     
b    (as modifier)  
a class act     
10   
a    outstanding speed and stamina in a racehorse  
b    (as modifier)  
the class horse in the race     
11      (Biology)   any of the taxonomic groups into which a phylum is divided and which contains one or more orders. Amphibia, Reptilia, and Mammalia are three classes of phylum Chordata  
12      (Maths, logic)  
a       another name for       set   2       3  
b    proper class   a class which cannot itself be a member of other classes  
13    in a class of its own or in a class by oneself   unequalled; unparalleled  
      vb  
14    to have or assign a place within a group, grade, or class  
     (C17: from Latin classis class, rank, fleet; related to Latin calare to summon)  
  classable      adj  
  classer      n  


cabin class  
      n   a class of accommodation on a passenger ship between first class and tourist class  
class.  
      abbrev. for  
1    classic(al)  
2    classification  
3    classified  
class-A amplifier  
      n   an electronic amplifier in which the output current flows for the whole of the input signal cycle  
class action  
      n     (U.S. law)   a legal action undertaken by one or more people representing the interests of a large group of people with the same grievance  
class-B amplifier  
      n   an electronic amplifier in which the output flows for half of the input signal cycle  
class-C amplifier  
      n   an electronic amplifier in which the output current flows for less than half of the input cycle  
class-conscious  
      adj   aware of belonging to a particular social rank or grade, esp. in being hostile or proud because of class distinctions  
  class-consciousness      n  
class interval  
      n     (Statistics)   one of the intervals into which the range of a variable of a distribution is divided, esp. one of the divisions of the base line of a bar chart or histogram  
class list  
      n   (in Britain) a list categorizing students according to the class of honours they have obtained in their degree examination  
class mark  
      n  
1      (Statistics)   a value within a class interval, esp. its midpoint or the nearest integral value, used to represent the interval for computational convenience  
2      (Also called)    class number     (Library science)   a symbol on a book or other publication indicating its subject field, shelf position, etc.  
class struggle  
      n  
the     (Marxism)   the continual conflict between the capitalist and working classes for economic and political power,   (Also called)    class war  
club class  
      n  
1    a class of air travel which is less luxurious than first class but more luxurious than economy class  
      adj  
2      club-class   of or relating to this class of travel  
crystal class  
      n     (Crystallog)   any of 32 possible types of crystals, classified according to their rotational symmetry about axes through a point,   (Also called)    point group  
evening class  
      n   a class held in the evenings at certain colleges, normally for adults  
first class  
      n  
1    the class or grade of the best or highest value, quality, etc.  
      adj   first-class when prenominal  
2    of the best or highest class or grade  
a first-class citizen     
3    excellent; first-rate  
4    of or denoting the most comfortable and expensive class of accommodation in a hotel, aircraft, train, etc.  
5   
a    (in Britain) of or relating to mail that is processed most quickly  
b    (in the U.S. and Canada) of or relating to mail that consists mainly of written letters, cards, etc.  
6      (Education)      See       first       10  
      adv  
  first-class  
7    by first-class mail, means of transportation, etc.  
form class  
      n  
1       another term for       part of speech  
2    a group of words distinguished by common inflections, such as the weak verbs of English  
fourth-class     (U.S.)  
      adj  
1    of or relating to mail that is carried at the lowest rate  
      adv  
2    by fourth-class mail  
high-class  
      adj  
1    of very good quality; superior  
a high-class grocer     
2    belonging to, associated with, or exhibiting the characteristics of an upper social class  
a high-class lady, a high-class prostitute     
lower class  
      n  
1    the social stratum having the lowest position in the social hierarchy  
   Compare       middle class       upper class       working class  
      adj  
  lower-class  
2    of or relating to the lower class  
3    inferior or vulgar  
middle class  
      n  
1      (Also called)    bourgeoisie   a social stratum that is not clearly defined but is positioned between the lower and upper classes. It consists of businessmen, professional people, etc., along with their families, and is marked by bourgeois values  
   Compare       lower class       upper class       working class  
      adj  
  middle-class  
2    of, relating to, or characteristic of the middle class  
second class  
      n  
1    the class or grade next in value, quality, etc., to the first  
      adj   second-class when prenominal  
2    of the class or grade next to the best in quality, etc.  
3    shoddy or inferior  
4    of or denoting the class of accommodation in a hotel or on a train, etc., lower in quality and price than first class  
5   
a    (in Britain) of or relating to mail that is processed more slowly than first-class mail  
b    (in the U.S. and Canada) of or relating to mail that consists mainly of newspapers, etc.  
6      (Education)      See       second   1       10  
      adv  
7    by second-class mail, transport, etc.  
second-class citizen  
      n   a person whose rights and opportunities are treated as less important than those of other people in the same society  
universal class   , set  
      n   (in Boolean algebra) the class containing all points and including all other classes  
upper class  
      n  
1    the class occupying the highest position in the social hierarchy, esp. the wealthy or the aristocracy  
      adj   upper-classwhen prenominal  
2    of or relating to the upper class  
3      (U.S. education)   of or relating to the junior or senior classes of a college or high school  
word class  
      n     (Linguistics)   a form class in which the members are words  
   See       part of speech  
working class  
      n  
1      (Also called)    proletariat   the social stratum, usually of low status, that consists of those who earn wages, esp. as manual workers  
   Compare       lower class       middle class       upper class  
      adj  
  working-class  
2    of, relating to, or characteristic of the working class  
world-class  
      adj   of or denoting someone with a skill or attribute that puts him or her in the highest class in the world  
a world-class swimmer     
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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
use the authority given by a position (in society, in a company etc.) to determine someone to act in a certain manner
E.g: He is not eager to attend the event, but he has to be there because his boss pulled rank on him.
n.
at what times you climb for class today
[UK]
n.
A scally is a working class youth who wears designer sports clothes as a status symbol
Colloquial Very similar to a chav (but chavs are more extreme in their appearance than scallies)
n.
(in neomarxist thought) the second main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of formation. The members of the formoisie have human capital, receive high wages (the most frequently thanks to their diplomas) and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1993 Yanick Toutain)
[Hum. Sc.] The formoisie is the social class that created social-democracy and stalinism.
n.
(in neomarxist thought) the third main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of innovation. The members of the innovoisie have usually human innovating capital. They receive (as individuals) copyrights or patent rights and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1996 Yanick Toutain)
exp.
expression used when referring to someone's profession, background, social class or life experience
E.g: People from all walks of life will participate to the event

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