• WordNet 3.6
    • n descriptor a piece of stored information that is used to identify an item in an information storage and retrieval system
    • n descriptor the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something "the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"
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In literature:

These were not, as you might infer, the first descriptors that leapt to mind whenever I thought of Bill.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover

In news:

But now that "post-rock" has been drained of meaning and bleeding-edge cachet, haters have hardened those descriptors into a roundhouse dis.
Like many micro-genres that become movements, the descriptor of "house music" has lost a lot of its meaning.
Eyeheight has introduced the AD-2EM audio descriptor .
"I don't know if we'd would be signing agreement if the descriptors hadn't come out," says Bill Spinnenweber, general manager and third generation to run the inn.
But, with the descriptors it made sense.
The band dynamic fascinates, an easy descriptor is that they're a pissed-off , functioning dysfunctional family.
This descriptor, however, is not binding, as there are innumerable variations on the formula.
Upmarket Best Westerns Embrace Brand's Descriptor Strategy.
New Orleans firefighter , cook and Jazz Fest vendor " Fireman Mike" Gowland can add another title to his list of descriptors: "Chopped" champion.
The words flowed like wine—make that a river of wine—after we asked the Weekly Facebook family to swirl up a single favorite descriptor they use to describe fermented grape juice.
"Art lady" might be my favorite descriptor.
The problem with hipster Hanukkah, said Winkleman, whose given name is Charles, is once you identify out loud as a hipster , you've likely lost the descriptor for life.
In the Windows authorization process, what do the terms access token, security descriptor, and impersonation mean, and what's the relationship between these concepts.
"Crazy" might be another descriptor, especially for those of us who can't fathom topping off an eight-hour race with a marathon.
Single mother , I realized, was not just a descriptor, but a license for strangers to criticize my children, my prospects, my morals.

In science:

The history of star formation, in particular, is a fundamental descriptor of cosmic evolution.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The Minkowski functionals {Mµ (B )} are a set of morphological descriptors of the convex body B .
Morphology of the large-scale structure
The “descriptors” ξ A are arbitrary spacetime functions.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
If the descriptor ξ 0 vanishes the ξ a represent, for a fixed time, vector fields on the threedimensional spatial manifold.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
We now consider the situation when the descriptors ξ 0 do not vanish.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
In the former case the descriptors ξ a are invariant; the Lie derivative of ξ a with respect to itself is zero.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
This is to be noted for the infinitesmal transformations in (3.11) since substitution of these choices for the descriptors yields δN = ˙N ds and δN a = ˙N ads.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
Unfortunately, this is a highly non-trivial functional of the descriptor field ξ 0 , and a reasonable approximation scheme has not yet been found for performing this functional integral.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
One of these measures is the Euler-Poincar´e characteristic χ which is a well known descriptor of the topological features of geometric patterns.
Euler-Poincare' Characteristic and Phase Transition in the Potts Model
The qi,mi with mi running from 1 to 3 are, of course, the components of the Deutsch-Hayden descriptor qi .
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
We can do more than merely note that the descriptors of a set of interacting systems do not depend on unitary operations on a disjoint set, however.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
In fact we can see that the descriptor at time t of a given system will depend, apart from the history of operations applied to it alone, only on its previous interactions and on the histories and past interactions of the systems it has interacted with.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
Figure 1: a) At t = 1, a unitary operation, U1 , which acts only on system j is applied; the descriptor of system i, qi (1), is unaffected.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
To re-emphasize that the Deutsch-Hayden descriptor of a system at time t will not, however, depend on what happens at t to a system with which it has interacted in the past, we take the following simple example (Fig 1).
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
Immediately following the measurement, the descriptor of system 1 will depend on θ, but not on the parameter characterizing the distant measurement, φ.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden