Dewey decimal classification

a system used by libraries to classify nonfictional publications into subject categories; the subject is indicated by a three-digit numeral and further specification is given by numerals following a decimal point; publications are shelved by number
Hypernyms: ↑classification system

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Dewey decimal classification 7 [ˌdjuːi ˈdesɪml klæsɪfɪkeɪʃn] [ˌdjuːi ˈdesɪml klæsɪfɪkeɪʃn] [ˌduːi ˈdesɪml klæsɪfɪkeɪʃn] (also ˈDewey system) noun singular
an international system for arranging books in a library
Word Origin:
[Dewey decimal classification] late 19th cent.: named after Melvil Dewey (1851–1931), American librarian.  
The Dewey system was invented by Melvil Dewey (1851–1931), a US librarian. Dewey gave every subject a number between 0 and 999. Every book in a library is given one of these numbers so that books on a particular subject are easy to find. New subjects have been added to Dewey’s original list by using decimal numbers, e.g. 331.1, 331.2, etc.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Dewey decimal classification — Trademark. a system of classifying books and other works into ten main classes of knowledge with further subdivision in these classes by use of the numbers of a decimal system: devised by Melvil Dewey, published in 1876, and used in many… …   Universalium

  • Dewey Decimal Classification — Die Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) ist die verbreiteteste Klassifikation für die inhaltliche Erschließung von Bibliotheksbeständen weltweit und wird hauptsächlich im anglo amerikanischen Sprachraum eingesetzt. In den USA benutzen sie ungefähr …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Dewey decimal classification — noun Etymology: Melvil Dewey Date: 1924 a system of classifying books and other publications whereby main classes are designated by a 3 digit number and subdivisions are shown by numbers after a decimal point called also Dewey decimal system …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Dewey decimal classification — noun an internationally applied decimal system of library classification which uses a three figure code from 000 to 999 to represent the major branches of knowledge, with finer classifications made by adding figures after a decimal point. Origin… …   English new terms dictionary

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  • Dewey decimal classification — system of library classification of books according to their subjects (using 3 digit numbers and decimals) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Dewey decimal classification — Десятичная классификация Дьюи …   Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

  • Dewey Decimal (Classification) System — A numerical classification system of books employed by libraries. Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations …   Law dictionary

  • Dewey decimal classification system — /ˈdjui/ (say dyoohee) noun See decimal classification. Also, Dewey decimal system. {named after Melvil Dewey, 1851–1931, US librarian} …   Australian English dictionary

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