Pronunciation: (klas'u-fī"ur), [key]
1. a person or thing that classifies.
2. a device for separating solids of different characteristics by controlled rates of settling.
3. Gram.(in Chinese, Japanese, and other languages) a word or morpheme that corresponds to a semantic class of nouns and regularly accompanies any noun of that class in certain syntactic constructions, such as those of numeration.
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