Definition of descriptor in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈskriptər/


1An element or term that has the function of describing, identifying, or indexing, in particular.
Example sentences
  • The software is designed to identify an individual using 692 facial descriptors to capture and identify a face.
  • Now no doubt there are some for whom those terms are true descriptors.
  • In a captivating style, both scholarly and conversational, the author explores gender as identity, membership, descriptor, and label.
1.1 Linguistics A word or expression used to describe or identify something.
Example sentences
  • Values are expressed as mean [+ or -] SD, and the word descriptors are expressed as [chi square] or by p value.
  • Next, I determined whether the literature distribution is different across different key word descriptors describing environmental endocrine disruption.
  • The descriptor words themselves appeared one or more times within a particular obituary or across different obituaries.
1.2 Computing A piece of stored data that indicates how other data is stored.
Example sentences
  • Since Linux stores the process descriptor and the kernel mode process stack in a single 8KB memory area, we can use this fact and avoid allocating memory for labeling the subjects.
  • Method of scheduling interrupts to the linked lists of transfer descriptors scheduled at intervals on a serial bus
  • Scanning an array of descriptors or waiting for data consumes processing time.
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