983, 025, 169, 653, 419, 093, 440, 784, 752, 283, 514, 851, 547, 993

What is spelled?

Hint 1:

Each number is a letter and commas are not important.

Hint 2:

The title may help.

Hint 3:

It is one word.

Hint 4:

My best friend's name is Dewey.

• Why have you already added three hints after 10 minutes? Jun 14, 2016 at 21:30
• Should I delete two of them and only add them after an hour or two? Jun 14, 2016 at 21:31
• In all honesty, all three hints were already pretty obvious. In future just let your puzzle sit until it's obvious no one has any idea and everyone needs a hint. Don't forget that people all around the world are up at different times. Jun 14, 2016 at 21:33
• Okay! Thanks for the tip. This is my first question so I appreciate any tips on asking! Jun 14, 2016 at 21:35
• My assumption is that each 3 digit number equates to a single letter Jun 15, 2016 at 13:51

You wrote

CLASSIFICATION

using

Dewey decimal system, and taking first letter of each category

• Congratulations! That is correct! I hope that last hint wasn't too much of a giveaway. Jun 16, 2016 at 11:04

I think the word is

CLASSIFICATION

because the numbers

are are Dewey Decimal classes and the initial letters of these spell your word

983 Chile, 025 Library operations, 169 Analogy, 653 Shorthand, 419 Sign languages, 093 Incunabula, 440 French & related Romance languages, 784 Instruments & Instrumental ensembles & their music, 752 Color, 283 Anglican churches, 514 Topology, 851 Italian poetry, 547 Organic chemistry, 993 New Zealand

• Very Well Explained.. Jun 16, 2016 at 11:09
• @Wowsk - you are right to do so, and I learned interesting things about Dewey - nice puzzle!
– Tom
Jun 16, 2016 at 18:16
• Thanks! I was worried it was going to be too hard, and then worried that the last hint would give it away. Jun 16, 2016 at 19:00
• I know what you mean - it can be tough! - I look forward to your next puzzle someday - you could keep it hard for a few days as there are many really good solvers on this SE!
– Tom
Jun 16, 2016 at 19:16