Token meaning

tō'kən
A keepsake or souvenir.
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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.
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Done as an indication or pledge.

A token payment.

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A sign, indication, or symbol.

A token of one's affection.

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Something serving as a sign of authority, identity, genuineness, etc.
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A distinguishing mark or feature.
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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.
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A person, as an employee, whose presence in a group is supposed to indicate absence of discrimination, as in race.
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To be a token of; symbolize.
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By way of a token, symbol, etc.
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Merely simulated; slight or of no real account.

Token resistance.

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Of or having to do with tokenism.
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A piece of stamped metal used as a substitute for currency.

Subway tokens.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Please accept this bustier as a token of our time together.

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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.

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Support for a belief; grounds for an opinion; reason, reasoning, witcraft (see usage)
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An extraordinary event serving as evidence of supernatural power, a miracle.
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An object or disclosure to attest or authenticate the bearer or an instruction; a password.
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A seal guaranteeing the quality of an item.
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Something given or shown as a symbol or guarantee of authority or right; a sign of authenticity, of power, good faith.
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(philosophy) A particular thing to which a concept applies.
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(computing) An atomic piece of data, such as a word, for which a meaning may be inferred during parsing. Also called a symbol.
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(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.
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(grammar) A lexeme; a basic, grammatically indivisible unit of a language such as a keyword, operator or identifier.
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(medicine) A characteristic sign of a disease or of a bodily disorder, a symptom; a sign of a bodily condition, recovery, or health.
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(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.
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(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.
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(mining) A thin bed of coal indicating the existence of a thicker seam at no great distance.
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(weaving) In a loom, a colored signal to show the weaver which shuttle to use.
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(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.
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He made a token tap on the brake pedal at the stop sign.

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A minor attempt for appearance sake, or to minimally comply with a requirement.
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(philosophy) To symbolize, instantiate.
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The definition of a token is a sign, symbol or a piece of stamped metal used instead of currency.

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.

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To betoken or symbolize; portend.
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by the same token
  • In like manner; similarly.
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in token of
  • As an indication of:.
    A ring given in token of love.
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by the same token
  • For this reason; following the same line of reasoning.
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in token of
  • As evidence of.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of token

  • Middle English from Old English tācen deik- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English token, taken, from Old English tācen (“symbol, sign, signal, mark, indication, suggestion; portent, marvel, wonder, miracle; evidence, proof: standard, banner"), from Proto-Germanic *taiknÄ… (“sign, token"), from Proto-Indo-European *deyǵ-, *deyḱ- (“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 tákn, teikn (“sign, symbol"), Latin index (“finger", literally “pointer"), Ancient Greek δείκνυμι (deiknumi, “show, point out, teach"), Albanian theks (“accent, sign"). More at toe.
    From Wiktionary