Name vs Category - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between name and category

is that name is any nounal word or phrase which indicates a particular person, place, class, or thing while category is a group, often named or numbered, to which items are assigned based on similarity or defined criteria.

As a verb name

is to give a name to.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(wikipedia name) (en noun)
  • Any nounal word or phrase which indicates a particular person, place, class, or thing.
  • * Bible, Genesis ii. 19
  • Whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
  • * Shakespeare
  • That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.
  • * 1904 , , (The Marvelous Land of Oz) :
  • So good a man as this must surely have a name .
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author=[ Lee S. Langston], magazine=(American Scientist)
  • , title=[ The Adaptable Gas Turbine] , passage=Turbines have been around for a long time—windmills and water wheels are early examples. The name comes from the Latin turbo'', meaning ''vortex , and thus the defining property of a turbine is that a fluid or gas turns the blades of a rotor, which is attached to a shaft that can perform useful work.}}
  • Reputation.
  • * 1604 , (William Shakespeare), :
  • Good name in man and woman, dear my lord / Is the immediate jewel of their souls.[]
  • * 1952 , (Old Testament), Revised Standard Version , Thomas Nelson & Sons, 2 Samuel 8:13:
  • And David won a name for himself.[]
  • A person (or legal person).
  • * Dryden
  • They list with women each degenerate name .
  • * second edition of, 2002, Graham Richards, Putting Psychology in its Place , ISBN 1841692336, page 287 []:
  • Later British psychologists interested in this topic include such major names as Cyril Burt, William McDougall,.
  • * 2008 edition of, 1998, S. B. Budhiraja and M. B. Athreya, Cases in Strategic Management , ISBN 0074620975 page 79 []:
  • Would it be able to fight the competition from ITC Agro Tech and Liptons who were ready and able to commit large resources? With such big names as competitors, would this business be viable for Marico?
  • * 2009 third edition of, 1998, Martin Mowforth and Ian Munt, Tourism and Sustainability , ISBN 0203891058, page 29 []:
  • International non-governmental organisations (INGOs), including such household names as Amnesty International, Greenpeace and.
  • Those of a certain name; a race; a family.
  • * Macaulay
  • The ministers of the republic, mortal enemies of his name , came every day to pay their feigned civilities.
  • (computing) A unique identifier, generally a string of characters.
  • An investor in Lloyds of London bearing unlimited liability.
  • Synonyms

    * proper name * See also

    Derived terms

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  • To give a name to.
  • * 1904:' , ''The Land of Oz'' — I will ' name the fellow 'Jack Pumpkinhead!'
  • *
  • , title=[ Mr. Pratt's Patients], chapter=1 , passage=A chap named Eleazir Kendrick and I had chummed in together the summer afore and built a fish-weir and shanty at Setuckit Point, down Orham way. For a spell we done pretty well.}}
  • To mention, specify.
  • To identify as relevant or important
  • To publicly implicate.
  • To designate for a role.
  • Derived terms

    * codename * misname * name after * name names * you name it

    See also

    * christen * cognomen * epithet * moniker * nom de guerre * nom de plume * pseudonym * sobriquet





  • A group, often named or numbered, to which items are assigned based on similarity or defined criteria.
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  • The traditional way of describing the similarities and differences between constituents is to say that they belong to categories'' of various types. Thus, words like ''boy'', ''girl'', ''man'', ''woman'', etc. are traditionally said to belong to the category''' of Nouns, whereas words like ''a'', ''the'', ''this'', and ''that'' are traditionally said to belong to the ' category of Determiners.
    This steep and dangerous climb belongs to the most difficult category .
    I wouldn't put this book in the same category as the author's first novel.
  • (mathematics) A collection of objects, together with a transitively closed collection of composable arrows between them, such that every object has an identity arrow, and such that arrow composition is associative.
  • One well-known category has sets as objects and functions as arrows.
    Just as a monoid consists of an underlying set with a binary operation "on top of it" which is closed, associative and with an identity, a category consists of an underlying digraph with an arrow composition operation "on top of it" which is transitively closed, associative, and with an identity at each object. In fact, a category's composition operation, when restricted to a single one of its objects, turns that object's set of arrows (which would all be loops) into a monoid.


    * (group to which items are assigned) class, family, genus, group, kingdom, order, phylum, race, tribe, type * See also

    Derived terms

    * category mistake * category theory * conceptual category * perceptual category * subcategory * supercategory