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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