I am looking for a word which has a similar meaning to the word 'Filter', but it's purpose is to sort instead of filtering. I found the word 'Sorter', but I haven't heard of it being used much besides for 'grain sorter' and as an occupation, whereas the word 'Filter' is quite common. I want to use this word to refer to part of a website, where one can apply sort order for results.

Example: 'I used the ______ to see the most commented photos'

  • Single word requests should include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used. – KillingTime Oct 16 '20 at 16:02
  • Organiser. "Organise results by date / cost / relevance / availability..." – Weather Vane Oct 16 '20 at 16:06
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    Filter as a noun doesn't come from a verb filt, so an analogy with sorter may be inappropriate. A sorter is something which sorts; something which filters is a filterer. It's unclear from your question how you want to use your word. A website filter button would mean "Apply a filter" so you might expect a "sort" button to mean "apply a sort order" or simply "sort this list". – Andrew Leach Oct 16 '20 at 16:06
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    And you rejected the word "sorter"? – GEdgar Oct 16 '20 at 16:10
  • @KillingTime Sorry about that, I added an example now. – Märt Häkkinen Oct 16 '20 at 16:12

Sort is often used as a noun to this effect. For example:

And also in the names of sorting algorithms:

It’s a little messy sometimes as to whether “sort” refers to the process doing the sorting or the final view, but it doesn’t really matter in your context.

(There are other nouns that are similar: microwaves are created by microwaves and not microwavers, for example.)

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