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Definition: selection sort

(1) A sorting technique that is typically used for sequencing small lists. It starts by comparing the entire list for the lowest item and moves it to the #1 position. It then compares the rest of the list for the next-lowest item and places it in the #2 position and so on until all items are in the required order. Selection sorts perform numerous comparisons, but fewer data movements than other methods. See sort algorithm.

(2) A search for specific data starting at the beginning of a file or list. It copies each matching item to a new file so that the selected items are in the same sequence as the original data.