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DESCRIPTOR

 Dictionary entry overview: What does descriptor mean? 

DESCRIPTOR (noun)
  The noun DESCRIPTOR has 2 senses:

1. the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
2. a piece of stored information that is used to identify an item in an information storage and retrieval system

  Familiarity information: DESCRIPTOR used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DESCRIPTOR (noun)


Sense 1descriptor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

descriptor; form; signifier; word form

Context example:

the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached

Hypernyms ("descriptor" is a kind of...):

word (a unit of language that native speakers can identify)

Domain category:

linguistics (the scientific study of language)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "descriptor"):

plural; plural form (the form of a word that is used to denote more than one)

singular; singular form (the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton)

ghost word (a word form that has entered the language through the perpetuation of an error)

base; radical; root; root word; stem; theme ((linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed)

etymon; root (a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes)

citation form; entry word; main entry word (the form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary)

abbreviation (a shortened form of a word or phrase)

acronym (a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name)


Sense 2descriptor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A piece of stored information that is used to identify an item in an information storage and retrieval system

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("descriptor" is a kind of...):

information (knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)


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