Definition of identifier in English:

identifier

Line breaks: iden¦ti|fier
Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈdɛntɪfʌɪə
 
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noun

  • 1A person or thing that identifies someone or something: the new NHS number is to be known as the ‘unique patient identifier’
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    • A verification process for release of autografts should use two unique patient identifiers to ensure that the correct procedure, site, position, and implants are used for the correct patient.
    • The system gives patients a unique identifier and records details of sex, age, and each outpatient referral (including the specialty and dates of subsequent appointments).
    • Think about it - the signs will probably have a unique identifier anyway, given by the roads crew to facilitate their placement.
  • 1.1 Computing A sequence of characters used to identify or refer to a program or an element, such as a variable or a set of data, within it.
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    • Similarly, an identifier used in program source text, such as is meant to stand for a global procedure or data type, could be made to refer to the source text defining the value to be bound to that global at runtime.
    • Also, some dependencies might not have filenames but are abstract identifiers that might be provided by any number of alternative packages.
    • You may need to query the/proc/bus/usb filesystem for your available USB identifiers, and you may need to try each identifier to find which one applies to your hardware.
  • 2A person who identifies with something or someone: Labour identifiers and left-wingers
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    • In contrast, only 76 per cent of Labour "identifiers" intend to back the party, while for the Liberal Democrats the figure is 83 per cent.
    • Table 6.8 also shows that high American identifiers cared more about procedural fairness than did low American identifiers.

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