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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
token
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a book tokenBritish English (= a ticket that you can use to pay for a book)
▪ She always bought me book tokens for my birthday.
a token gesture (=something you do so that you can pretend that you are dealing with a problem)
▪ The inclusion of just one woman on the committee was seen as a token gesture.
book token
▪ She gave me a book token for Christmas.
gift token
token resistance (=not great or sincere)
▪ He put up only a token resistance.
token/mark of sb’s esteem (=a sign of their respect)
▪ Please accept the small gift we enclose as a mark of our esteem.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
small
▪ It is a privilege to pay them this small token of respect.
■ NOUN
book
▪ A £10 book token will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution opened on Thursday 7 March.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
by the same token
▪ I want to win, but by the same token, I don't want to hurt Sam's confidence.
▪ And, by the same token, the world will come to be filled with the links in this causal chain.
▪ But by the same token it is most likely that in their own interests they would scrutinize the work of contemporary photographers.
▪ But by the same token, it can be understood more or less differently.
▪ Conversely, by the same token, no statement is immune to revision.
▪ It would forfeit, by the same token, any claim to be recognised as law.
▪ Space-time is therefore an extremely stiff medium, and by the same token small-amplitude waves carry large energies.
▪ The boat lunges forward and yet almost by the same token lunges back again.
▪ The inducement to give is greater, but by the same token there is a cost to the Exchequer in lost revenue.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a subway token
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But I restrained the impulse, for it is as well to eke out such tokens of our goodwill as we possess.
▪ By the same token, big manufacturers are often shareholders in their chosen bank.
▪ By the same token, cinemas had no operators, and so few halls remained open.
▪ By the same token, it has not been a triumph for the Tory Party.
▪ Sheaths were often lovingly carved and given as love tokens or dowry gifts.
▪ Ten tokens meant a bike ride round the park with one of his parents.
▪ The service returns the tokens to the customer with an explanation.
▪ There will be another token tomorrow to complete your voucher.
II.adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
gesture
▪ This was, though, only in a small section of the ground and appeared to be a token gesture.
woman
▪ You have to be both token woman and superwoman to come anywhere near a shortlist that disenfranchises most of the male population.
▪ We shouldn't accept the analysis of the token woman.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Arafat won the presidency, with only token opposition.
▪ Both sides agreed to a few token compromises.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Along the way, it effectively preempted the problem of needing to take on token individuals to comply with government mandates.
▪ Before that year, he had given only token amounts to the party and its candidates.
▪ Female psychologists may themselves use their token status in a restricting way.
▪ We shouldn't accept the analysis of the token woman.
▪ You have to be both token woman and superwoman to come anywhere near a shortlist that disenfranchises most of the male population.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Token

Token \To"ken\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tokened; p. pr. & vb. n. Tokening.] [AS. t[=a]cnian, fr. t[=a]cen token. See Token, n.] To betoken. [Obs.]
--Shak.

Token

Token \To"ken\ (t[=o]"k'n), n. [OE. token, taken, AS. t[=a]cen; akin to OFries. t[=e]ken, OS. t[=e]kan, D. teeken, G. zeichen, OHG. Zeihhan, Icel. t[=a]kan, teiken, Sw. tecken, Dan. tegn, Goth. taikns sign, token, gateihan to tell, show, AS. te['o]n to accuse, G. zeihen, OHG. z[=i]han, G. zeigen to show, OHG. zeig[=o]n, Icel. tj[=a], L. dicere to say, Gr. deikny`nai to show, Skr. di[,c]. Cf. Diction, Teach.]

  1. Something intended or supposed to represent or indicate another thing or an event; a sign; a symbol; as, the rainbow is a token of God's covenant established with Noah.

  2. A memorial of friendship; something by which the friendship of another person is to be kept in mind; a memento; a souvenir.

    This is some token from a never friend.
    --Shak.

  3. Something given or shown as a symbol or guarantee of authority or right; a sign of authenticity, of power, good faith, etc.

    Say, by this token, I desire his company.
    --Shak.

  4. A piece of metal intended for currency, and issued by a private party, usually bearing the name of the issuer, and redeemable in lawful money. Also, a coin issued by government, esp. when its use as lawful money is limited and its intrinsic value is much below its nominal value.

    Note: It is now made unlawful for private persons to issue tokens.

  5. (Med.) A livid spot upon the body, indicating, or supposed to indicate, the approach of death. [Obs.]

    Like the fearful tokens of the plague, Are mere forerunners of their ends.
    --Beau. & Fl.

  6. (Print.) Ten and a half quires, or, commonly, 250 sheets, of paper printed on both sides; also, in some cases, the same number of sheets printed on one side, or half the number printed on both sides.

  7. (Ch. of Scot.) A piece of metal given beforehand to each person in the congregation who is permitted to partake of the Lord's Supper.

  8. (Mining) A bit of leather having a peculiar mark designating a particular miner. Each hewer sends one of these with each corf or tub he has hewn.

  9. (Weaving) In a Jacquard loom, a colored signal to show the weaver which shuttle to use.

    Token money, money which is lawfully current for more than its real value. See Token, n., 4.

    Token sheet (Print.), the last sheet of each token.
    --W. Savage.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
token

Old English tacen "sign, symbol, evidence" (related to verb tæcan "show, explain, teach"), from Proto-Germanic *taiknam (cognates: Old Saxon tekan, Old Norse teikn "zodiac sign, omen, token," Old Frisian tekan, Middle Dutch teken, Dutch teken, Old High German zeihhan, German zeichen, Gothic taikn "sign, token"), from PIE root *deik- "to show" (see teach).\n

\nMeaning "coin-like piece of stamped metal" is first recorded 1590s. Older sense of "evidence" is retained in by the same token (mid-15c.), originally "introducing a corroborating circumstance" [OED].

token

"nominal," 1915, from token (n.). In integration sense, first recorded 1960.

Wiktionary
token
  1. 1 Done as an indication or a pledge; perfunctory, minimal or merely symbolic. 2 a minor attempt for appearance sake, or to minimally comply with a requirement n. 1 Something serving as an expression of something else; sign, symbol 2 A keepsake, momento, souvenir 3 A piece of stamped metal used as a substitute for money; a voucher that can be exchanged for goods or services 4 (context obsolete sometimes figurative English) evidence, proof; a confirming detail; physical trace, mark, footprint. 5 Support for a belief; grounds for an opinion; reason, reasoning, witcraft (see usage) 6 An extraordinary event serving as evidence of supernatural power, a miracle 7 An object or disclosure to attest or authenticate the bearer or an instruction; a password 8 A seal guaranteeing the quality of an item. 9 Something given or shown as a symbol or guarantee of authority or right; a sign of authenticity, of power, good faith. 10 A tally 11 (context philosophy English) A particular thing to which a concept applies. 12 (context computing English) An atomic piece of data, such as a word, for which a meaning may be inferred during parsing. Also called a symbol. 13 (context computing English) A conceptual object that can be possessed by a computer, process, etc. in order to regulate a turn-taking system such as a token ring network. 14 (context grammar English) A lexeme; a basic, grammatically indivisible unit of a language such as a keyword, operator or identifier. 15 (context medical English) A characteristic sign of a disease or of a bodily disorder, a symptom; a sign of a bodily condition, recovery, or health. 16 (context medical obsolete English) A livid spot upon the body, indicating, or supposed to indicate, the approach of death. 17 (context printing English) Ten and a half quires, or, commonly, 250 sheets, of paper printed on both sides; also, in some cases, the same number of sheets printed on one side, or half the number printed on both sides. 18 (context mining English) A bit of leather having a peculiar mark designating a particular miner. Each hewer sends one of these with each corf or tub he has hewn. 19 (context mining English) A thin bed of coal indicating the existence of a thicker seam at no great distance. 20 (context rail transport English) A physical object used for exchange between drivers and signalmen on single track lines. 21 (context weaving English) In a loom, a colored signal to show the weaver which shuttle to use. 22 (context Church of Scotland English) A piece of metal given beforehand to each person in the congregation who is permitted to partake of the Lord's Supper. v

  2. 1 To betoken, indicate, portend, designate, denote 2 To betroth 3 (context philosophy English) To symbolize, instantiate

WordNet
token

adj. insignificantly small; a matter of form only (`tokenish' is informal); "the fee was nominal"; "a token gesture of resistance"; "a tokenish gesture" [syn: nominal, token(a), tokenish]

token
  1. n. an individual instance of a type of symbol; "the word`error' contains three tokens of `r'" [syn: item]

  2. a metal or plastic disk that can be used (as a substitute for coins) in slot machines

  3. something of sentimental value [syn: keepsake, souvenir, relic]

Wikipedia
Token

Token may refer to:

Token (railway signalling)

In railway signalling, a token is a physical object which a locomotive driver is required to have or see before entering onto a particular section of single track. The token is clearly endorsed with the name of the section it belongs to. A token system is used for single lines because of the very much greater risk of serious collision in the event of irregular working by signalmen or traincrews, than on double lines.

Usage examples of "token".

I deem thou hast not come hither to abide her without some token or warrant of her.

The two officers thought that they ought to accede to the proposition, notwithstanding the decree of death which had been pronounced against the whole garrison, in consequence of the town being token by storm.

When an authorized person needs to access the network from offsite, she must first identify herself as an authorized user by typing in her secret PIN and the digits displayed on her token device.

Caderousse, waving his hand in token of adieu to Danglars, and bending his steps towards the Allees de Meillan, moving his head to and fro, and muttering as he went, after the manner of one whose mind was overcharged with one absorbing idea.

Reaching over these tokens, Alec found a velvet pouch containing a thick golden ring and a small ivory carving of a nude man.

On either side, to right and left the tree-girdle reached out toward the blue distance, thick close and unsundered, save where it and the plain which it begirdled was cleft amidmost by a river about as wide as the Thames at Sheene when the flood-tide is at its highest, but so swift and full of eddies, that it gave token of mountains not so far distant, though they were hidden.

These transports, amorous cries, These kisses, tears, desires and heavy sighs, Of all the fire which devours me Could less than even the lightest tokens be.

It was a token of pride, if one was a true Animist with a powerful familiar, but in his own situation it was like wearing an archery target.

Being human, we gladly accept the gift, and through our apocrisiary, we are sending some token, desirous of knowing whether, like us, you follow the true faith and in every way believe in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

A note from the baroness told Madame Aubain that as her husband had been promoted to a prefecture, they were leaving that night, and she begged her to accept the bird as a remembrance and a token of her esteem.

The best security practice would be to deploy authentication tokens in combination with a shared secret to positively identify persons making requests.

These and sundry other sins having duly been confessed, the badger bade the fox chastise himself with a switch plucked from the hedge, lay it down in the road, jump over it thrice, and then meekly kiss that rod in token of obedience.

Dominion of Canada, to whose significance and future the Author of the Tablets of the Divine Plan has repeatedly referred, and in all the nine provinces of which, as a direct result of the operation of the first Seven Year Plan, the Faith has established its spiritual assemblies, the Canadian believers, as a token of their recognition of the significance of the forthcoming formation of their first National Spiritual Assembly, must arise and carry out befittingly the task allotted to them in their homeland.

When I gave in, the generous Moszczinski embraced me, begged me to write to him, and accept a present of a travelling carriage as a token of his friendship.

Sometimes they bore the name of the reigning pharaoh and were worn as a token of loyalty, in other cases the bezel was ornamented with the image of a god favored by the wearer.