descriptor descriptor

Definition(s):

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

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. And it's an emerging descriptor for the wary but genuine approval that Christian conservatives have given to Mitt Romney, below, despite their differences with Mormons.
  2. On the occasion of Reagan's death, it was refreshing to witness the divisive labels dropped for a common descriptor: American.
  3. Stein the wine writer apparently finds it acceptable to use good as the primary descriptor of wine.

News

  • Buick carves out crossover niche with new 5-passenger Encore

    Looking at the definition of the word encore finds an apropos meaning for my test drive this week. The third descriptor for encore states: the performance or reappearance in response to such a demand.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Austin American-Statesman

Quotes

  1. "It is quite clear there are some people who fit the 'descriptor' that is included in the Act to make control orders possible," Mr Ruddock told ABC television. "I would expect that a person who has trained with a terrorist organisation - that...
    on Oct 27, 2005 By: Philip Ruddock Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "Barack and I were talking before we came out here," Clinton told attendees, "and he said 'You look kind of rested.' I said 'kind of' is the right descriptor."
    on Jul 10, 2008 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: United Press International

  3. "People got carried away," Allchin said in a recent interview. "Anytime Microsoft does something, everybody wants to do it. ...... It became a worthless descriptor."
    on May 29, 2005 By: Jim Allchin Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

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affectation affectation
/ˌæ fɛk ˈteɪ ʃən /