de·​scrip·​tor | \ di-ˈskrip-tər How to pronounce descriptor (audio) \

Definition of descriptor

: something (such as a word or characteristic feature) that serves to describe or identify especially : a word or phrase (such as an index term) used to identify an item (such as a subject or document) in an information retrieval system

Examples of descriptor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Data mining, fishing expeditions and data dredging are other descriptors that had been applied to the act of p-hacking. Wired, "We're All 'P-Hacking' Now," 26 Nov. 2019 Those descriptors do not capture the complexity of my life, or my rebellions, or my proclivities and experiences. Lauren Elkin, Harper's magazine, "Trash, Rock, Destroy," 25 Nov. 2019 And its success rests more on those latter descriptors than as captivating piece of theatrical storytelling. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "History Theatre’s ‘Gloria: A Life’ is an affectionate tribute to feminist icon," 30 Sep. 2019 One of the goals with the new grades was to give consumers better descriptors of flavor and color, as well as allow some of the very dark syrup previously classified as B grade to be folded into the A grade, providing easier access for home cooks. Becky Krystal,, "Before you pour all that maple syrup on your pancakes, here’s what you should know about it," 3 Sep. 2019 Turns out those three descriptors also apply to an aerobics instructor innocently on his way to class, and the boys are foiled again. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 The age of Mobile Money 2.0 What used to be defined as mobile banking, mobile money, USSD based banking et al, will soon be bucketed into one general descriptor in the age of Mobile Money 2.0. Wiza Jalakasi, Quartz Africa, "After years of rapid growth in Africa we’re about to enter the age of Mobile Money 2.0," 4 Oct. 2019 Wander Istanbul’s sunken palace Yerebatan Sarayi, or Sunken Palace, is the accurate local descriptor given to this showy underground reservoir embellished under the rule of Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian in A.D. 532. Meghan Miner Murray, National Geographic, "9 of Europe’s underground marvels," 2 Aug. 2019 In the game, Cuphead and his brother Mugman — their names accurate descriptors of their look — are our unlikely heroes, who went gambling at the devil’s casino and lost their souls. Todd Martens,, "‘Cuphead,’ the excruciatingly difficult video game, is coming to Netflix as a TV show," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of descriptor

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for descriptor

see describe

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7 Dec 2019

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“Descriptor.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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