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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of assort.


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  • The remaining three evolutionary forces are nonadaptive in the sense that they are not a function of the fitness properties of individuals: mutation is the ultimate source of variation on which natural selection acts, recombination assorts variation within and among chromosomes, and genetic drift ensures that gene frequencies will deviate a bit from generation to generation independent of other forces.

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  • When the tobacco is stripped the utmost care is taken to assort the leaves and he frequently shades or assorts the colors, obtaining fancy prices for such "selections."

    Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce E. R. Billings

  • Probably Mr. Sawyer's motive for taking this extraordinary liberty was a false delicacy, amounting to prudery; but it ill assorts with his assertion, that his work is not a paraphrase, nor one of compromises, or of conjectural interpretations.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 17, March, 1859 Various

  • When a prism intercepts their flow, it, so to speak, assorts these differing waves; and, being separated, they then impress the eye with the color of the spectrum, the retina being differently affected by the differing velocities with which it is touched by the ethereal waves.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867 Various

  • The lesson taught him is, that while inequalities occur in every variety of life, like and unlike seek affinitive groups; that nature remorselessly assorts and classifies mankind into

    The American Negro: What He Was, What He Is, and What He May Become: A Critical and Practical Discussion 1901

  • And here lies the weakness of the epicurean and artistic attitude, that it assorts so ill with the harder and grimmer facts of life.

    At Large Arthur Christopher Benson 1893

  • She assorts and arranges her goods by the law of the winds and the tides.

    Time and Change John Burroughs 1879

  • "It seems a hard fate," said the minister, "that the only provision the law makes for people who are worn out by sickness or a life of work should be something that assorts them with idiots and lunatics, and brings such shame upon them that it is almost as terrible as death."

    A Traveler from Altruria: Romance William Dean Howells 1878

  • If the lady of the house is visible, you are pompously ushered into the sanctuary -- that is to say, into the second salon or parlour, or closet, or _atelier_, whichever best assorts with the pretensions of the lady.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 445 Volume 18, New Series, July 10, 1852 Various 1836

  • Then I proceed with the distinction, how ill fancy assorts with imagination, as instanced in

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Henry Nelson Coleridge 1820


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