Sors to Soul
Sortes Homericæ or Virgilianæ [L., Homeric or Virgilian lots], a form of divination anciently practiced,
which consisted in taking the first passage on which the eye fell, upon opening a volume of Homer or
Virgil, or a passage drawn from an urn which several were deposited, as indicating future events, or the
proper course to be pursued. In later times the Bible was used for the same purpose by Christians.
(||Sors) n.; pl. Sortes [L.] A lot; also, a kind of divination by means of lots.
(Sort) n. [F. sorl, L. sors, sortis. See Sort kind.] Chance; lot; destiny. [Obs.]
By aventure, or sort, or cas [chance].Chaucer.
Let blockish Ajax drawShak.
The sort to fight with Hector.
(Sort), n. [F. sorie (cf. It. sorta, sorte), from L. sors, sorti, a lot, part, probably akin to serere
to connect. See Series, and cf. Assort, Consort, Resort, Sorcery, Sort lot.]
1. A kind or species; any number or collection of individual persons or things characterized by the same
or like qualities; a class or order; as, a sort of men; a sort of horses; a sort of trees; a sort of poems.
2. Manner; form of being or acting.
Which for my part I covet to perform,Spenser.
In sort as through the world I did proclaim.
Flowers, in such sort worn, can neither be smelt nor seen well by those that wear them.Hooker.
I'll deceive you in another sort.Shak.
To Adam in what sortMilton.
Shall I appear?
I shall not be wholly without praise, if in some sort I have copied his style.Dryden.
3. Condition above the vulgar; rank. [Obs.] Shak.
4. A chance group; a company of persons who happen to be together; a troop; also, an assemblage of
animals. [Obs.] "A sort of shepherds." Spenser. "A sort of steers." Spenser. "A sort of doves." Dryden.
"A sort of rogues." Massinger.
A boy, a child, and we a sort of us,Chapman.
Vowed against his voyage.
5. A pair; a set; a suit. Johnson.
6. pl. (Print.) Letters, figures, points, marks, spaces, or quadrats, belonging to a case, separately
Out of sorts (Print.), with some letters or sorts of type deficient or exhausted in the case or font; hence,
colloquially, out of order; ill; vexed; disturbed. To run upon sorts (Print.), to use or require a greater
number of some particular letters, figures, or marks than the regular proportion, as, for example, in making
Syn. Kind; species; rank; condition. Sort, Kind. Kind originally denoted things of the same family,
or bound together by some natural affinity; and hence, a class. Sort signifies that which constitutes a
particular lot of parcel, not implying necessarily the idea of affinity, but of mere assemblage. the two
words are now used to a great extent interchangeably, though sort (perhaps from its original meaning