- An example of a token is someone giving their friend a "best friends" necklace.
- An example of a token is what someone would use to play video games at an arcade.
- a sign, indication, or symbol: a token of one's affection
- something serving as a sign of authority, identity, genuineness, etc.
- a distinguishing mark or feature
- a keepsake
- a sample
- a piece of stamped metal, etc. with a face value higher than its real value, issued as a substitute for currency, for use as fare on a transportation line, etc.
- a person, as an employee, whose presence in a group is supposed to indicate absence of discrimination, as in race
Origin of tokenMiddle English ; from Old English tacn, akin to German zeichen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dei?-, to point, show from source teach, toe, digit, diction
- by way of a token, symbol, etc.
- merely simulated; slight or of no real account: token resistance
- of or having to do with tokenism
by the same token
in token of
- a. Something serving as an indication, proof, or expression of something else; a sign: “Tears are queer tokens of happiness” (Eugene O'Neill).b. Something that signifies or evidences authority, validity, or identity: The scepter is a token of regal status.c. A specific instance of a phenomenon or a class of things, as of a linguistic feature in a sample of a person's speech, that can be isolated for study or analysis.
- A person who is considered as representative of a social group, such as a lone individual or one of a small number of employees hired primarily to prevent an employer from being accused of discrimination.
- A keepsake or souvenir.
- A piece of stamped metal used as a substitute for currency: subway tokens.
transitive verbto·kened, to·ken·ing, to·kens
- Done as an indication or pledge: a token payment.
- a. Perfunctory; minimal: a token gesture of reconciliation; token resistance.b. Being a product of tokenism; merely symbolic: refused to be the token woman on the committee.
Origin of tokenMiddle English, from Old English tacen; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- Something serving as an expression of something else; sign, symbol
- According to the Bible, the rainbow is a token of God's covenant with Noah.
- A keepsake, momento, souvenir
- Please accept this bustier as a token of our time together.
- A piece of stamped metal used as a substitute for money; a voucher that can be exchanged for goods or services
- Subway tokens are being replaced by magnetic cards.
- A book token is the easiest option for a Christmas gift.
- Support for a belief; grounds for an opinion; reason, reasoning, witcraft (see usage)
- An extraordinary event serving as evidence of supernatural power, a miracle
- An object or disclosure to attest or authenticate the bearer or an instruction; a password
- A seal guaranteeing the quality of an item.
- Something given or shown as a symbol or guarantee of authority or right; a sign of authenticity, of power, good faith.
- A tally
- (philosophy) A particular thing to which a concept applies.
- (computing) An atomic piece of data, such as a word, for which a meaning may be inferred during parsing. Also called a symbol.
- (computing) 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.
- (grammar) A lexeme; a basic, grammatically indivisible unit of a language such as a keyword, operator or identifier.
- (medicine) A characteristic sign of a disease or of a bodily disorder, a symptom; a sign of a bodily condition, recovery, or health.
- (printing) 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.
- (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.
- (mining) A thin bed of coal indicating the existence of a thicker seam at no great distance.
- (weaving) In a loom, a colored signal to show the weaver which shuttle to use.
- (Church of Scotland) A piece of metal given beforehand to each person in the congregation who is permitted to partake of the Lord's Supper.
(comparative more token, superlative most token)
(third-person singular simple present tokens, present participle tokening, simple past and past participle tokened)
From Middle English token, taken, from Old English tÄcen (“symbol, sign, signal, mark, indication, suggestion; portent, marvel, wonder, miracle; evidence, proof: standard, banner"), from Proto-Germanic *taiknÄ… (“sign, token"), from Proto-Indo-European *deyÇµ-, *deyá¸±- (“to show, instruct, teach"). Cognate with Scots taiken (“sign, token"), West Frisian teken (“sign, token"), Dutch teken (“sign, symbol, token"), German Zeichen (“sign"), Swedish tecken (“sign, mark, indication, token"), Icelandic tÃ¡kn, teikn (“sign, symbol"), Latin index (“finger", literally “pointer"), Ancient Greek Î´ÎµÎ¯ÎºÎ½Ï…Î¼Î¹ (deiknumi, “show, point out, teach"), Albanian theks (“accent, sign"). More at toe.
token - Computer Definition
- In authentication systems, a hardware device (e.g., smart card, calculator-line device, or flash drive), or software on a client computer, that stores the user's credentials and generates a one-time password. The authentication process commonly involves a challenge-response dialogue between the token and a dedicated authentication server. In conjunction with a personal identification number (PIN) and supplemental password, a token is an excellent security mechanism. See also authentication, password, and security.
- In token passing local area networks (LANs), a special signal in the form of a certain bit pattern that circulates among the connected stations. A station cannot transmit data unless it has possession of the token. See also LAN, signal, token bus, token passing, and token ring.
A unique software or hardware object given to a specific user to prove his or her identity. Without the correct token, a user cannot access any computer system requiring it. In today’s high-tech environment, tokens can include smart cards (requiring some kind of electronic card reader and hardware interface), USB devices, and one-time dynamic password generators—which never require readers or interfaces.
Secure Computing. White Paper: Event-Synchronous Tokens Versus Time-Dependent Tokens. [Online, April 12, 2006.] Secure Computing Website. http://www .securecomputing.com/index.cfm?skey=969.
(2) A dynamically assigned number for an EMV credit or debit card transaction. The token is used in place of the "primary account number" (PAN) on the card. See EMV.
(3) In programming, a string of characters. For example, in the C expression #define MAXAMOUNT 50000, MAXAMOUNT is the token.