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n. Computers
A word, phrase, or alphanumeric character used to identify an item in an information storage and retrieval system.

[Late Latin dēscrīptor, describer, from Latin dēscrībere, dēscrīpt-, to describe; see describe.]


a word or phrase which constitutes the descriptive element of a sentencea keyword assigned to a data-file and stored in a search index so that it can be located through a search engine or in a database


(dɪˈskrɪp tər)

a significant term used to categorize or locate material in an index or information retrieval system.
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Noun1.descriptor - the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something; "the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"
linguistics - the scientific study of language
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
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
root word, stem, root, theme, radical, base - (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
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
2.descriptor - a piece of stored information that is used to identify an item in an information storage and retrieval system
information - knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
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Predominantly the Trust will be looking for descriptor C thick puree with 2 portion sizes available.
If the addition of a new descriptor leads to only a small (<0.
By determining chemical composition, it showed which compound is related to which sensory descriptor.
Molecular descriptors are formal mathematical representations of a molecule, obtained by a well-specified algorithm, and applied to a defined molecular representation or a well-specified experimental procedure: the molecular descriptor is the final result of a logic and mathematical procedure which transforms chemical information encoded within a symbolic representation of a molecule into a useful number or the result of some standardized experiment (8).
Each descriptor type was defined by the concentration/cell line; thus, 14 "concentration-response" biological descriptors for each of the 13 cell lines were generated, for a total of 14 x 13 = 182 descriptors for each set of THR/ MXDV.
We conclude that with a single Laws descriptor mask (R5R5) the aforementioned materials can be classified correctly.
Global shape descriptors namely, Fourier descriptor and chain codes, are used as features in this method.
Percent relation is a measure of how much each IRP contributes with the whole value of the descriptor inside a repetition.
RMIT's research team set out to explore whether NAATI might be able to move to a descriptor approach to assessment without risk to the reliability or accountability of its public examination system.
Odds ratios were used to compare the proportions of participants volunteering/ endorsing a descriptor in the recall condition and in the first exercise-induced condition.
A prospective study will be required to test the validity and predictive values of the descriptor model in another cohort of patients.
Nowadays, however, the performance of 3D shape descriptor is not very satisfactory.