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English noun: descriptor

1. descriptor (communication) the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something


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


Synonymsform, signifier, word form


Broader (hypernym)word


Narrower (hyponym)abbreviation, acronym, base, citation form, entry word, etymon, ghost word, main entry word, plural, plural form, radical, root, root, root word, singular, singular form, stem, theme


Domain categorylinguistics

2. descriptor (cognition) a piece of stored information that is used to identify an item in an information storage and retrieval system


Broader (hypernym)information


Domain categorycomputer science, computing









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