• A Case of Mistaken Identity
    A Case of Mistaken Identity
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj identical (of twins) derived from a single egg or ovum "identical twins are monovular"
    • adj identical coinciding exactly when superimposed "identical triangles"
    • adj identical having properties with uniform values along all axes
    • adj identical exactly alike; incapable of being perceived as different "rows of identical houses","cars identical except for their license plates","they wore indistinguishable hats"
    • adj identical being the exact same one; not any other: "this is the identical room we stayed in before","the themes of his stories are one and the same","saw the selfsame quotation in two newspapers","on this very spot","the very thing he said yesterday","the very man I want to see"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are fighting each other across a river. This may be a reference to the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878. Two Balkan men casually watch the battle from behind a wall Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If an identical twin grows up without having a certain tooth, the other twin will most likely also grow up with that tooth missing
    • a Identical In diplomacy (esp. in the form identic), precisely agreeing in sentiment or opinion and form or manner of expression; -- applied to concerted action or language which is used by two or more governments in treating with another government.
    • Identical The same; the selfsame; the very same; not different; as, the identical person or thing. "I can not remember a thing that happened a year ago, without a conviction . . . that I, the same identical person who now remember that event, did then exist."
    • Identical Uttering sameness or the same truth; expressing in the predicate what is given, or obviously implied, in the subject; tautological. "When you say body is solid, I say that you make an identical proposition, because it is impossible to have the idea of body without that of solidity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It took Leonardo Da Vinci 10 years to paint Mona Lisa. He never signed or dated the painting. Leonardo and Mona had identical bone structures according to the painting. X-ray images have shown that there are 3 other versions under the original.
    • identical Being the same; absolutely indistinguishable; distinguishable only as points of view of that which is one in its own being: also used loosely to express the fact that two or more things compared are the same in the particulars considered, or differ in no essential point.
    • identical Expressing identity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Koala bears also have finger prints that are almost identical to ours
    • adj Identical the very same: not different
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Opiate. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard.”
  • William James
    “Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “Considered logically this concept is not identical with the totality of sense impressions referred to; but it is an arbitrary creation of the human (or animal) mind.”
  • James Baldwin
    “An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.”
  • Erich Fromm
    “Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity.”
  • Camille Paglia
    “Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. identique,. See Identity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. identitat-em—L. idem, the same.


In literature:

Had the identity and whereabouts of William Dodge been discovered?
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
We see again that, though nothing has identity of its own, anything can be "identified" as anything.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
The quantitative results were identical.
"Researches on Cellulose" by C. F. Cross
There is no clue to the lady's identity, and speculation on the topic is useless.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
The scale of the two drawings and of the two statues is different; but the two personages are the same identically.
"Studies in Central American Picture-Writing" by Edward S. Holden
It may be noted that Lequeux means exactly the same, and is of identical origin, archaic Fr.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
He thus assured himself of their substantial identity.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
We have here, therefore, experimental proof of the identity between electricity and light, and in Art.
"Aether and Gravitation" by William George Hooper
They vary in form, they are identical in substance.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Its composition is identical with that of starch.
"Elements of Agricultural Chemistry" by Thomas Anderson

In poetry:

One monotonous day is followed
by another monotonous, identical day. The same
things will happen, they will happen again —
the same moments find us and leave us.
"Monotony" by Constantine P Cavafy
Washing at their identity.
Now, helpless in the hollow of
An unarmorial age, a trough
Of smoke in slow suspended skeins
Above their scrap of history,
Only an attitude remains:
"An Arundel Tomb" by Philip Larkin
All that is henceforth to be thought or done by you, whoever you are,
or by any one;
These inure, have inured, shall inure, to the identities from which
they sprang, or shall spring.
"Manhattan Streets I Saunter'd, Pondering" by Walt Whitman
And this identity we feel
- Perhaps not right, perhaps not real -
Will link us constantly;
I see the rock, the clay, the chalk,
The flattened grass, the swaying stalk,
And it is you I see.
"The Little Lives Of Earth And Form" by Philip Larkin
I too had been struck from the float forever held in solution;
I too had receiv'd identity by my Body;
That I was, I knew was of my body—and what I should be, I knew I
should be of my body.
"Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman
And here's your old friend, the identical bard
Who has rhymed and recited you verse by the yard
Since the days of the empire of Andrew the First
Till you 're full to the brim and feel ready to burst.
"The Smiling Listener" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Vote totals in two separate databases that should have been identical had different totals.
WATSONTOWN — A borough woman is on the run from police with her boyfriend and 2-year-old child after being charged with 40 felonies that include forgery, identity theft, access device fraud and theft, police said.
If it is, the taxpayer can immediately enroll in one year of identity protection service provided by Experian.
The Hutchinson News reports that Robert Hill became upset while testifying in the trial of his cousin, Charles Logsdon, who is accused of killing housewife Jennifer Heckel in a case of mistaken identity.
It's no secret that creating and maintaining a bar or restaurant's identity (and oftentimes, success) lies largely with the person responsible for curating the menu.
To march to the beat of their own drum, to break away from the pack and to have one's own identity.
The show clearly has its own identity and also connects to a larger body of work.
Dartmouth College president and public-health leader Dr Jim Yong Kim on discovering his own identity while bringing health care to the poor.
In the date-rape assembly the student actors don't tell their own stories, enacting instead the testimony of other students whose identities are never revealed.
The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance serves as a day to remember transgender people who have been victims of violent, deadly crime based on their gender identity or expression.
Over 41 identical hands, they won a total of 1.5 million dollars.
These 10 Los Angeles restaurants not only satiate these cravings, but pique the public's interest with their creative identities.
From the red carpet to the streets, Hollywood's most sizzling celebrities can't seem to avoid stepping out in identical designer duds as their peers.
Adele came into the world prematurely as an identical twin.
How to protect your identity when you are on vacation.

In science:

In the thermodynamic limit, r(m) (which is itself mathematically identical to the free energy per spin of a suitably defined chain) must be identical to its disorder average, with probability one.
Diagonalization of replicated transfer matrices for disordered Ising spin systems
The multihomogeneous components of every trace identity are also trace identities.
Defining relations of invariants of two 3 \times 3 matrices
We define the identity map η : C[h] → A by η(f ) = f 1 for 1 this identity element.
A Hopf algebra quantizing a necklace Lie algebra canonically associated to a quiver
G which restricts to the identity on a finite index subgroup of G is the identity on all of G .
Automorphisms and abstract commensurators of 2-dimensional Artin groups
Fixing e ∈ E (∆) , we may suppose, up to modification of ϕ by a global inversion if necessary, that ΦD induces the identity on Lk(Ve , D) , and hence restricts to the identity on a small open neighbourhood of Ve in D .
Automorphisms and abstract commensurators of 2-dimensional Artin groups