pigeonhole

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. cubbyhole, niche, compartment. See receptacle. —v. t. file away, file and forget; postpone, put off, delay; classify.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. niche, slot, compartment; see hole 2 , place 2 .
v.
Syn. classify, categorize, group, define; see classify .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
compartment, niche, hole, recess, nook, cranny, opening, cubbyhole, cell, slot.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To distribute into groups according to kinds: assort, categorize, class, classify, group, separate, sort (out). See COLLECT. 2. To assign to a class or classes: categorize, class, classify, distribute, grade, group, place, range, rank1, rate1. See GROUP, VALUE.

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  • Pigeonhole — may refer to:*Pigeonholes, nesting spaces formed in a dovecote (also spelt dovecot or doocot ) *Pigeonhole, one of the boxes in a pigeon coop *Pigeonhole principle, a mathematical principle *Pigeonhole sort, a sorting algorithm *Pigeonhole… …   Wikipedia

  • Pigeonhole — Pi geon*hole , v. t. To place in the pigeonhole of a case or cabinet; hence, to put away; to lay aside indefinitely; as, to pigeonhole a letter or a report. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pigeonhole — [n] compartment box, carrel, chamber, corner, cranny, cubbyhole, cubicle, hole, niche, nook, place, pocket, recess, section, slot, stall; concept 434 pigeonhole [v] categorize; shelve assort, class, classify, defer, delay, dismiss, file, group,… …   New thesaurus

  • pigeonhole — [pij′ən hōl΄] n. 1. a small recess or hole for pigeons to nest in, usually in a compartmented structure 2. a small open compartment, as in a desk, for filing papers vt. pigeonholed, pigeonholing 1. to put in the pigeonhole of a desk, etc. 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Pigeonhole — Pi geon*hole , n. A small compartment in a desk or case for the keeping of letters, documents, etc.; so called from the resemblance of a row of them to the compartments in a dovecote. Burke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pigeonhole — I verb allocate, allot, arrange, assort, bracket, break down, catalogue, categorize, class, collocate, divide, docket, file, form into classes, grade, group, index, label, list, methodize, name, order, organize, place, place in a category, put in …   Law dictionary

  • pigeonhole — (n.) also pigeon hole, 1570s, a small recess for pigeons to nest in, from PIGEON (Cf. pigeon) + HOLE (Cf. hole) (n.). The verb sense of label mentally is from 1854. [Y]ou will have an inspector after you with note book and ink horn, and you will… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pigeonhole — *assort, sort, classify Analogous words: systematize, methodize, organize, arrange, *order …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pigeonhole — One opening or section for sorting mail into a distribution case …   Glossary of postal terms

  • pigeonhole — ► NOUN 1) a small recess for a domestic pigeon to nest in. 2) each of a set of small compartments where letters or messages may be left for individuals. 3) a category to which someone or something is assigned. ► VERB ▪ assign to a particular… …   English terms dictionary

  • pigeonhole — ▪ I. pigeonhole pi‧geon‧hole 1 [ˈpɪdʒnhəʊl ǁ hoʊl] verb [transitive] to consider a person, activity etc as belonging to a particular type or group, in a way that is too simple and therefore unfair; = LABEL: • Electronic books and multimedia had… …   Financial and business terms

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