token

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj token insignificantly small; a matter of form only (`tokenish' is informal) "the fee was nominal","a token gesture of resistance","a toknenish gesture"
    • n token something of sentimental value
    • n token a metal or plastic disk that can be redeemed or used in designated slot machines
    • n token something serving as a sign of something else
    • n token an individual instance of a type of symbol "the word`error' contains three tokens of `r'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Public telephones in Israel are no longer operated by tokens as they were in the past. They are now operated by magnetic cards known in Hebrew as a telecart (tel-eh-cart). These plastic cards, the same size and shape as a credit card, are available at post offices, some hotel reception desks, street kiosks and dispensing machines.
    • Token (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.
    • Token (Med) A livid spot upon the body, indicating, or supposed to indicate, the approach of death. "Like the fearful tokens of the plague,
      Are mere forerunners of their ends."
    • Token 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."
    • Token (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.
    • Token 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.
    • Token (Weaving) In a Jacquard loom, a colored signal to show the weaver which shuttle to use.
    • Token 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."
    • Token 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.
    • Token (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.
    • v. t Token To betoken.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n token Something intended or supposed to represent or indicate another thing or an event; a sign; a symbol; an evidence.
    • n token A characteristic mark or indication.
    • n token A memorial of friendship; something by which the friendship or affection of another person is to be kept in mind; a keepsake; a souvenir; a love-gift.
    • n token Something that serves as a pledge of authenticity, good faith, or the like; witness.
    • n token A signal.
    • n token A piece of metal having the general appearance of a coin and practically serving the same purpose. It differs from a coin in being worth much less than its nominal value, and in its being issued, as a rule, by private persons, without governmental sanction, as a guaranty that the issuer will on demand redeem the token for its full nominal value in the legal currency of the country. Tokens have generally been issued by tradesmen to provide a convenient small change when there was an absence or scarcity of the government coinage of the smaller denominations of money. Leaden tokens, now very scarce, were issued by tradesmen under Elizabeth and James I. In 1613 took place the (quasi-governmental) issue of Harrington tokens. (See Harrington.) During the Commonwealth and under Charles II. (1648–72) the tradesmen and tavern-keepers of nearly all English towns issued brass and copper tokens, generally inscribed with the name, address, and trade of the issuer, and with the nominal value of the piece, usually 1d., ½d., or ¼d. These specimens are known to collectors as the “seventeenth-century tokens.” The “eighteenth-” and “nineteenth-century tokens” were issued by English tradesmen and by other persons between 1787 and 1813. They are larger and of much better workmanship than the earlier tokens, and are generally struck in copper and bronze (2d., 1d., ½d., etc.), though some specimens were issued in silver(1s., 6d., etc.). In 1811 silver tokens for 5 shillings, 3 shillings, and 18 pence were issued by the Bank of England, and were known as the “Bank tokens.” See also cut under tavern-token.
    • n token In Presbyterian churches in Scotland, a voucher, usually of lead or tin, and often stamped with the name of the parish or church, given to duly qualified members previous to the celebration of the Lord's Supper, and returned by the communicant when he takes his place at the table. Cards have now very generally taken the place of these tokens.
    • n token A measure or quantity of press-work: in Great Britain and New York, 250 impressions on one form; in Boston, Massachusetts, 500 impressions on one form. The token is not divisible: 200 impressions or 20 impressions are rated as one token; 260 impressions or any excess of that number less than 750 are rated as two tokens.
    • n token In weaving. See the quotation.
    • n token Same as tally.
    • n token A thin bed of coal indicating the existence of a thicker seam at no great distance.
    • token To set a mark upon; designate.
    • token To betoken; toe a symbol of.
    • token To betroth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Token tō′kn a mark: something representing another thing or event: a sign: a memorial of friendship: a coin issued by a private person or civic authority redeemable in current money: in old Presbyterian use, a voucher of lead or tin, inscribed with the name of the church or parish, admitting a qualified communicant to the celebration of the Lord's Supper: a measure of press-work, 250 impressions on one form: a thin bed of coal showing the vicinity of a thicker seam
    • v.t Token (obs.) to set a mark upon
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Quotations

  • Christina Rossetti
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    “Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
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    “A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.”
  • Russell Lynes
    Russell Lynes
    “The true snob never rests: there is always a higher goal to attain, and there are, by the same token, always more and more people to look down upon.”

Idioms

By the same token - If someone applies the same rule to different situations, they judge them by the same token: If things go well, he's full of praise, but, by the same token, when things go wrong he gets furious.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. token, taken, AS. tācen,; akin to OFries. tēken, OS. tēkan, D. teeken, G. zeichen, OHG. Zeihhan, Icel. tākan, teiken, Sw. tecken, Dan. tegn, Goth. taikns, sign, token, gateihan, to tell, show, AS. teón, to accuse, G. zeihen, OHG. zīhan, G. zeigen, to show, OHG. zeigōn, Icel. tjā, L. dicere, to say, Gr. deikny`nai to show, Skr. diç,. Cf. Diction Teach

Usage

In literature:

The new-made Mrs. P. replied without any token of affection or emotion.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
And this latter most manifest token of low breeding vexed the respectable taste of the farm-bailiff.
"Tales from Many Sources" by Various
I would fain have a token from thee.
"The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge" by Unknown
This was written in the year 1815, as a token of affectionate respect for the memory of Milton.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
This is the day whereon He Who is the Dayspring of Revelation hath come with clear tokens which none can number.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
The behest was given to look up to Heaven to find help, a token of victory.
"Our Catholic Heritage in English Literature of Pre-Conquest Days" by Emily Hickey
Therefore I will bestow this upon him as a token.
"The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy" by Padriac Colum
The battle of life has left its tokens on the face of the strong, skillful Protagonist.
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
Surely her friend would not go away without some private token or message for her.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
That was why I gave the token that I wished to see you, Master Ridd.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
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In poetry:

In friendship unbroken
The happy months passed,
With never a token
That 'twas not to last.
"A Broken Friendship" by Anonymous British
"These are the wounds for you I bore,
The tokens of my pains,
When I came down to free your souls
From misery and chains.
"Hymn 21" by Isaac Watts
"All the grandeur spread before us,
All the miracles shed o'er us,
Echoes of the voice above,
Tokens of a Father's love."
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Why should the children of a King
Go mourning all their days?
Great Comforter! descend and bring
Some tokens of thy grace.
"Hymn 144" by Isaac Watts
In memory of this Day, dear friends,
Accept the modest token
From one who with the bauble sends
A love that can't be spoken.
"With Two Spoons For Two Spoons" by Eugene Field
Dark is your home--yet round the tomb,
Tokens of hope--sweet flowerets bloom;
And cherished memories, soft and dear,
Blest as their fragrance, linger here!
"Inscription For A Rural Cemetery" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In news:

Senators exchanged small tokens of holiday cheer in the second-annual Senate Secret Santa this week.
Rioting 'anarchy' in Belfast after token Orange parade.
Charlton Heston makes a token appearance in this 1970 sequel to the SF classic, as the apes battle subterranean mutants.
Balloons are a token of any celebration, from birthdays to Halloween and everything in between.
Calls union health-care concessions 'token gesture'.
Those campers are allowed to move to Token Creek Park.
Tokens is new promo code developing tool for the Mac.
A limiting factor is that for the Harper government, exporting culture is not nearly as big a priority as exporting oil, so there is only a token amount of federal money available to support touring.
Eau Claire County 4-H volunteers will staff a booth for customers to purchase wooden tokens every Saturday from 9 -12:30 PM in July, August, and September.
About a dozen homeless veterans staying at Home of the Brave in Milford received a free lunch this weekend as a token of appreciation from local teachers.
Free Halloween Handouts, Game Tokens, Chocolates, Magazines and More.
Dec 11, 1863 Merchants gave tokens during coin shortage.
Tokens were used in place of regular money in the Civil War, including Dixon merchants.
Kids get a $5 token each market to spend on fruit, veggies and food plants.
You can also preprogram tokens to terminate at a given date and time.
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In science:

By the same token, we may furthermore assume that the coherent OY ′ -module Ω1 Y ′ /E is locally free.
Singularities appearing on generic fibers of morphisms between smooth schemes
By the same token, the various known vanishing theorems for higher rank vector bundles show that nef vector bundles also satisfy a weaker form of generic vanishing.
GV-sheaves, Fourier-Mukai transform, and Generic Vanishing
By the same token, it is in fact consistent to consider one rather than two large n limits for DIII, because the even and odd cases of DIII only differ w.r.t. α.
Large deviations for random matrix ensembles in mesoscopic physics
By the same token the corresponding generalized susceptibility is also quenched.
Exchange energy and generalized polarization in the presence of spin-orbit coupling in two dimensions
The game ends, when the token reaches a sink vertex.
The Complexity of Simple Stochastic Games
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