Definition of descriptor in English:



  • 1An element or term that has the function of describing, identifying, or indexing, in particular.

    • ‘The following word descriptors represent the unique language and personal interpretation of breathlessness by asthmatic African Americans and whites.’
    • ‘Fundamentally, they've created a series of 10 descriptors and 50 references.’
    • ‘Too bad the adjective in the title is not an apt descriptor.’
    • ‘In a captivating style, both scholarly and conversational, the author explores gender as identity, membership, descriptor, and label.’
    • ‘"Slow burn " is an apt descriptor for this movie.’
    • ‘Analyses of personality descriptors in foreign languages have typically identified five factors.’
    • ‘The hard part about finding a solid opinion about the disk is that, unfortunately, all these words are viable descriptors, often of a single song.’
    • ‘The following descriptors give an idea of the focus of these potential specialty assemblies.’
    • ‘The subjects were instructed to indicate with a hand-controlled potentiometer how dyspneic they felt with reference to the category descriptors.’
    • ‘Now no doubt there are some for whom those terms are true descriptors.’
    • ‘"Content descriptors " for video games also suggest how lurid the violence can be.’
    • ‘The software is designed to identify an individual using 692 facial descriptors to capture and identify a face.’
    • ‘The title is an apt descriptor of where the show's producers are located.’
    • ‘We therefore investigated the usefulness of shape descriptors by adapting them to our specific class of expression pattern images.’
    • ‘Well, the police use descriptors, they're well established descriptors here in New South Wales and other States.’
    1. 1.1Linguistics A word or expression used to describe or identify something.
      • ‘We included single words, short and long phrases, rhymes, names of numbers, and other descriptors and action word phrases.’
      • ‘The descriptor words themselves appeared one or more times within a particular obituary or across different obituaries.’
      • ‘Next, I determined whether the literature distribution is different across different key word descriptors describing environmental endocrine disruption.’
      • ‘Values are expressed as mean [+ or -] SD, and the word descriptors are expressed as [chi square] or by p value.’
      • ‘Word descriptors reflect the distinct qualities of the language of breathlessness, and as health professionals, we must ask the correct symptom questions to determine the appropriate interventions.’
    2. 1.2Computing A piece of stored data that indicates how other data is stored.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘System calls also serve this generalization function across programming languages; e.g., the read system call will read data from a file descriptor.’
      • ‘The use of the descriptor to steer the data into the transmit buffer or out of the receive buffer allows a simplified hardware implementation as compared to prior art methods that must examine and count the data as it is transferred.’