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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
a significant term used to categorize or locate material in an index or information retrieval system.
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|Noun||1.||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"
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