• Ident


    • IPA: /ˈaɪdɛnt/

    Origin 1

    From a later form of ithand, itself an alteration (due to assimilation to suffix -and) of Middle English ithen, from Old Norse iðinn ("assiduous, diligent"), from iðja, iðna ("to do, perform"), from ("a restless motion"), equivalent to ithe + -and and/or ithe + -en. Cognate with Icelandic iðinn ("diligent"), Norwegian idig ("busy"), Danish id ("pursuit, calling, business"). More at ithand.

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    Full definition of ident



    1. (Now chiefly dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Diligent; persistent.

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    Origin 2

    Shortened form of identification



    (plural idents)
    1. Identification.
    2. (television) A brief audiovisual sequence serving to identify the broadcaster.
      • 2002, Jane Austin, Graphic OriginalsIn 1999 Chaudoir and fellow BBC designer Tim Platt were given the task of rebranding the existing BBC2 idents.
    3. (Internet) A protocol serving to identify the user of a particular TCP connection, used especially on IRC networks.
      • 2004, Eoghan Casey, Digital Evidence and Computer Crime...the intruder installed an IRC bot and French ident daemon to reply to IRC servers with a name other than root.
    4. identifier


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