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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a means of identification (=an official document that shows who you are)
▪ Do you have any means of identification?
identification parade
personal identification number
▪ Combinations of such antibodies may offer a more accurate system for identification of tumour type.
▪ Farmers would have to be 100 percent accurate in the identification system to avoid losing out on premium payments.
▪ Thin sections show a great variety of internal structures important in accurate identification.
▪ The accurate identification of ships and aircraft during the recent world wars was of major importance.
▪ It may be helpful to attend six meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous to see how close is the identification with acknowledged sufferers.
▪ But close identification with reform carries risks in a profession vulnerable to political change.
▪ Figure 10.1 shows the percentage difference in correct identification of stimuli between visual fields for each condition.
▪ After all, the key to the proper use of statistical analysis is the correct identification of levels of measurement.
▪ The imputation of such benefits raises a number of issues, including the correct identification of the beneficiaries.
▪ It must be stressed at the outset that correct identification is the chief problem.
▪ Then he started to make progress with simple objects in the room, rewarding each correct identification.
▪ Accurate dating of pregnancy is important for other reasons, such as prenatal diagnosis and early identification of intrauterine growth retardation.
▪ Boys must replace this early identification with a masculine one.
▪ An early identification of problems was important, followed by prioritisation of resources.
▪ The plan calls for establishing biological markers for the early identification of conduct-disordered youngsters.
▪ An open communication style, it seems, can help in the early identification and swift solution of problems.
▪ But for most students who fit the given descriptions, early identification may avoid future failure.
▪ A formal identification had still to be carried out.
▪ Arraignment hearings normally last only a few minutes and are confined to formal identification of the accused and details of the charge.
▪ For they concentrated on a very formal identification of local politics.
▪ It was a precaution in case any of them were injured, or killed, and weren't carrying any formal identification.
▪ Another possibility is that the stripes operate at much closer quarters as a personal identification system.
▪ To defend against loss or theft, the cards usually require the user to enter a personal identification number as well.
▪ It is therefore hard to see personal identification as the main evolutionary pressure leading to the famous black and white pattern.
▪ Users will be required to enroll in the service and obtain a personal identification number.
▪ Another theory sees the stripes as a mechanism for personal, individual identification, rather like fingerprints.
▪ Nearly all the relatives have agreed not to make a harrowing personal identification of the victims.
▪ This suggests that the personal identification of women with the housewife role weights the balance in favour of a psychological involvement in housework.
▪ I was hoping for a positive identification.
▪ After setting up the frequency, make sure of positive identification. 2.
▪ A clearer view exists of what services are not than of any positive identification of their characteristics.
▪ Check the call-sign twice for positive identification.
▪ He knew that he was searching for sixteen points of comparison before he could be sure of positive identification.
▪ Objective I-C.. Improve surveillance and rapid laboratory identification to ensure early detection of antimicrobial resistance.
▪ B.. Improve laboratory and epidemiologic techniques for the rapid identification of new pathogens and syndromes.
▪ Returning workers flashed special identification cards issued by the union and walked in.
▪ Police have said that Silveria had identification cards and paperwork for several different people, including some of his victims.
▪ Agents took the vehicle identification number from the axle and within hours traced the truck to the Ryder rental firm.
▪ Each card or wand contains an identification number that is read by an electronic sensor, which charges credit-card accounts.
▪ Its identification number is a similar line of zeros.
▪ To defend against loss or theft, the cards usually require the user to enter a personal identification number as well.
▪ They are identification numbers that are used in the description below.
▪ The identification number will be kept confidential, unless a court orders the information released, Nishioka said.
▪ Later a hastily assembled identification parade of three sat before me.
▪ They were going to have an identification parade.
▪ He said there had been a large number of witnesses who attended identification parades who failed to pick out George.
▪ Farmers would have to be 100 percent accurate in the identification system to avoid losing out on premium payments.
▪ Simpson later offered a revised version of the identification system that would include substantial safeguards.
▪ Morpho supplies fingerprint identification systems worldwide and says it has converted more than 12m fingerprint records.
▪ Another program, called the battlefield combat identification system, is similar to an Air Force system used to identify friendly aircraft.
▪ Another possibility is that the stripes operate at much closer quarters as a personal identification system.
▪ Endoscopic stigmata of recent haemorrhage allow the identification of lesions with a high risk of rebleeding.
▪ The Doppler allows identification of submucosal arteries inducing haemorrhage.
▪ The system's audit procedure also allows identification and control of problem areas in the design and communication process.
▪ He suggests using a dial-back modem which intercepts calls, asks for identification then calls back.
▪ There should not be a guard standing in front of a gate asking for identification.
▪ Always remember to ask for identification from any caller before you open the door.
▪ You never asked me for identification before.
▪ It never occurred to her not to believe him, or even to ask for identification.
▪ A Las Vegas police report says Paganelli was leaving a hotel when a police officer stopped him and asked for identification.
▪ Male speaker Don't take people on trust. Ask for identification.
▪ She looked at me dubiously and asked for identification.
▪ A strong image will assist in this identification, although it can act negatively as well as positively.
▪ Bicycles should have a reliable padlock and carry some form of identification, preferably a police stamp.
▪ Unlike many other countries, young people in Britain, are not required to carry a form of identification.
▪ It was a precaution in case any of them were injured, or killed, and weren't carrying any formal identification.
▪ When checking a beacon identification, have the morse characteristics written down.
▪ When you first tune a station frequency, check the identification twice to make sure you have the right beacon.
▪ He also urged me to try to check the identification of the plant.
▪ An inventory should contain sufficient information to enable the unequivocal identification of an object.
▪ In particular they may need to be assured that the data will not enable the identification of individuals to take place.
▪ This does however help in identification of some of his paintings.
▪ It was a work designed to catch the eye, to tempt the curious and to help with the identification of rarities.
▪ An open communication style, it seems, can help in the early identification and swift solution of problems.
▪ It may also be necessary to include mechanisms for the identification of non-words in order to explain skilled reading.
▪ It seems possible, therefore, that financial managers should be involved in the identification and analysis of those key factors.
▪ This task will involve the identification of customer needs, presentation and demonstration, negotiation, handling objections and closing the sale.
▪ However, since rhyme monitoring involves word identification it will also show the same context effects as word monitoring.
▪ Most colour changes are thought to be involved in identification of species types and in social displays.
▪ Further experimentation might lead to the identification of other difficulty factors which could be incorporated into criterion statements.
▪ His studies would lead to the identification of several dozen other forms of dwarfism, or skeletal dysplasia.
▪ The definition of which places have previously been used for exchange activities will again lead to the identification of higher status sites.
▪ This tape has been carefully vetted for sensitivity of content or for material which can lead to the identification of speakers.
▪ The first phase is an overview which leads to the identification of the major things of interest in that area.
▪ During this session further exploration of their difficulties had led to the identification of two additional problems: 6.
▪ At one extreme, an encoder may provide only a bibliographic identification of the text.
▪ The latest twist is provided by the identification of an alternative candidate gene.
▪ The system was meant to provide for the quick identification of stolen animals.
▪ This means that part of the ribbon has not been separated and twisted to provide electronic drive identification.
▪ More severe cases require identification of the bacterial types involved and selection of a specific antibacterial product.
▪ Nishioka said at some point the state may require proof of identification.
▪ But some policy issues may require identification of the effects of other variables such as age, qualifications and marital status.
▪ The process of verification of data, theoretically, could go on for ever, always requiring new acts of identification.
▪ To be eligible for these please help us by showing any appropriate identification when paying for tickets.
▪ Courtroom spectators had to pass through two metal detectors and show photo identification.
▪ Security is maintained by terminal operators using unique identification and password codes to gain access to the system.
▪ Tact must always be used when asking for identification or payment in advance.
▪ Standardisation of note-taking is advantageous using the fault identification technique described earlier in this chapter.
positive proof/evidence/identification etc
▪ A clearer view exists of what services are not than of any positive identification of their characteristics.
▪ After setting up the frequency, make sure of positive identification. 2.
▪ Check the call-sign twice for positive identification.
▪ However, the issue is settled by positive evidence not by ingenious explanation of the failure to confirm the idea.
▪ I was hoping for a positive identification.
▪ Just when these walls were later added remains a vexing question as so little positive evidence has even now been recovered.
▪ The fact that attempts are made to restore it is positive proof.
▪ They look for positive evidence that the business is soundly based and a good lending risk.
▪ The bodies were brought to the hospital for identification.
▪ You need two pieces of identification to write a check here.
▪ Always, the focus of female identification is clear and stable.
▪ But such an identification was probably more than merely an exercise in wish-fulfilment by the ego on behalf of the id.
▪ For identification of elements, see Fig. 3.2, and for details of the samples, see Appendix.
▪ However, since rhyme monitoring involves word identification it will also show the same context effects as word monitoring.
▪ I have focused attention on identification with the society as being the most characteristic attitude thus expressed by citizens.
▪ Loyalties and identification with them will be strong, reinforced by the continuity with the old.
▪ This identification of level of measurement will be invaluable later on when the researcher begins the analysis of data.
▪ This leads to the identification of a Ratner myth, the removal of which is rather less supportive of him.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Identification \I*den`ti*fi*ca"tion\, n. [Cf. F. identification.] The act of identifying, or proving to be the same; also, the state of being identified.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, "treating of a thing as the same as another," from French identification, probably from identifier (see identify). Sense of "becoming or feeling oneself one with another" is from 1857. Sense of "determination of identity" is from 1859. Meaning "object or document which marks identity" is from 1947 (short for identification tag, card, etc.).


n. 1 The act of identifying, or proving to be the same. 2 The state of being identified. 3 A particular instance of identifying something. 4 A document or documents serving as evidence of a person's identity. 5 A feeling of support, sympathy, understanding or belonging towards somebody or something.

  1. n. the act of designating or identifying something [syn: designation]

  2. attribution to yourself (consciously or unconsciously) of the characteristics of another person (or group of persons)

  3. evidence of identity; something that identifies a person or thing

  4. the condition of having your identity established; "the thief's identification was followed quickly by his arrest"

  5. the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering; "a politician whose recall of names was as remarkable as his recognition of faces"; "experimental psychologists measure the elapsed time from the onset of the stimulus to its recognition by the observer" [syn: recognition]


Identification or identify may refer to:

Identification (information)

The function of identification is to map a known quantity to an unknown entity so as to make it known. The known quantity is called the identifier (or ID) and the unknown entity is what needs identification. A basic requirement for identification is that the ID be unique. IDs may be scoped, that is, they are unique only within a particular scope. IDs may also be built out of a collection of quantities such that they are unique on the collective.

For data storage, identification is the capability to find, retrieve, report, change, or delete specific data without ambiguity. This applies especially to information stored in databases. In database normalisation, the process of organizing the fields and tables of a relational database to minimize redundancy and dependency, is the central, defining function of the discipline.

Identification (literature)

Identification is a term used in literary and film studies to describe a psychological relationship between the reader of a novel and a character in the book, or between a spectator in the audience and a character on screen. In both cases, readers and spectators see themselves in the fictional character.

Identification is usually supposed to be largely unconscious: a reader may be aware that she likes a given character, but not that she actually sees that character as an alter ego, a version of her, or a projection of her aspirations for herself. It would be a mistake to think all heroes foster identification, or that all villains inhibit identification—many, perhaps even most, characters elicit some degree of identification on the part of the reader or spectator. In film, Alfred Hitchcock exploited the traits of casual identification with specific moments, even when the character was villainous. In Psycho (1960), Hitchcock explained that as the character Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) was disposing of the car containing Marion Crane's body in a swamp, for a brief moment he had the car stop sinking. "When Perkins is looking at the car sinking in the pond... the public are thinking, 'I hope it goes all the way down!' It's a natural instinct."

Identification (psychology)

Identification is a psychological process whereby the subject assimilates an aspect, property, or attribute of the other and is transformed, wholly or partially, by the model the other provides. It is by means of a series of identifications that the personality is constituted and specified. The roots of the concept can be found in Freud's writings. The three most prominent concepts of identification as described by Freud are: primary identification, narcissistic (secondary) identification and partial (secondary) identification.

While "in the psychoanalytic literature there is agreement that the core meaning of identification is simple - to be like or to become like another", it has also been adjudged '"the most perplexing clinical/theoretical area" in psychoanalysis'.

Identification (biology)

Identification in biology is the process of assigning a pre-existing taxon name to an individual organism. Identification of organisms to individual scientific names (or codes) may be based on individualistic natural body features (e. g.), experimentally created individual markers (e.g., color dot patterns), or natural individualistic molecular markers (similar to those used in maternity or paternity identification tests). Individual identification is used, e.g., in ecology, wildlife management or conservation biology. The more common form of identification is the identification of organisms to common names (e. g., "lion") or scientific name (e. g., "Panthera leo"). By necessity this is based on inherited features ("characters") of the sexual organisms, the inheritance forming the basis of defining a class. The features may, e. g., be morphological, anatomical, physiological, behavioral, or molecular.

The term "determination" may occasionally be used as a synonym for identification (e. g.), or as in "determination slips".

Identification methods may be manual or computerized and may involve using identification keys, browsing through fields guide that contain (often illustrated) species accounts, or comparing the organism with specimens from natural history collections.

Usage examples of "identification".

L staff whose job was to check identifications before allowing admittance to the ball.

The striking photograph and quick, playful headline created instant identification with the advertiser and represented the kind of products that could be found at the store.

In the identification of the divine consciousness, that is, the power of God, with the force to which the world is due the naturalistic basis of the apologetic speculations is most clearly shown.

Paying off the arsonist was not a problem - they had untraceable cash in abundance at their disposal and they had taken great care not to leave themselves open to identification by their pyrophilic agent.

NEADS audio file, Identification Technician position, channel 7, 9:21:10.

For first quote, see NEADS audio file, Identification Technician position, channel 5, 9:35:50.

NEADS audio file, Identification Technician position, recorder 1, channel 7, 9:41.

A modified Boeing 707, it carried extensive mission avionics packages for long-range targeting information and identification.

Many biker strippers use an alias and false identification when they sign up for a job.

The identification codes that Broder had sent him were good then, and a lucky thing.

The identification codes that Broder had sent hir were good then, and a lucky thing.

A little research showed it that DNA testing for purposes of identification was usually done with buccal swabs, just wiping a few cells off the inside of the cheek, noninvasive and less personal than a blood or sperm sample.

He took her name, checked her identification, and glanced up and down her slender frame as if disbelieving she was a Carabinieri lieutenant.

Separately, identifications were provided, checkable and confirmable several times over.

To Blatherwick, who had very little sympathy with gladness of any sort, the sight only called up by contrast the very different scene on which his eyes would look down the next evening from the vantage coigne of the pulpit, in a church filled with an eminently respectable congregation--to which he would be setting forth the results of certain late geographical discoveries and local identifications, not knowing that already even later discoveries had rendered all he was about to say more than doubtful.