identification

Identification is what you show when someone wants proof of who you are. When you get pulled over by a cop for speeding, you better have your driver’s license on you as your form of identification!

Identification isn’t just the card or passport you carry around in your wallet to prove who you are to others. You can also have an identification with a person if you share common beliefs, traditions, or values; then you can say that you identify with that person. Identification can also mean the process of recognizing or identifying something. You may have to wait to adopt that stray dog until the pound has put the pooch through an identification process, trying to see if he already belongs to another family.

Primary Meanings of identification

1.
n
the act of designating or identifying something
2.
n
the attribution to yourself (consciously or unconsciously) of the characteristics of another person (or group of persons)
Full Definitions of identification
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n the act of designating or identifying something

Synonyms:
designation
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diagnosing, diagnosis
identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
blood typing
determining a person's blood type by serological methods
medical diagnosis
identification of a disease from its symptoms
uranalysis, urinalysis
(medicine) the chemical analysis of urine (for medical diagnosis)
Type of:
determination, finding
the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation

n the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering

Synonyms:
recognition
Types:
identity
the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known
speaker identification, talker identification
identification of a person from the sound of their voice
Type of:
memory, remembering
the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered

n the condition of having the identity (of a person or object) established

“the thief's identification was followed quickly by his arrest”
identification of the gun was an important clue”
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

n evidence of identity; something that identifies a person or thing

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ballistic fingerprinting, ballistic identification, bullet fingerprinting
identification of the gun that fired a bullet from an analysis of the unique marks that every gun makes on the bullet it fires and on the shell ejected from it
biometric authentication, biometric identification, identity verification
the automatic identification of living individuals by using their physiological and behavioral characteristics
imprint
an identification of a publisher; a publisher's name along with the date and address and edition that is printed at the bottom of the title page
positive identification
evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance
negative identification
evidence proving that you are not who you say you are not; evidence establishing that you are not among a group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to rejection
facial profiling
identification of criminals and terrorist by means of videotapes of their faces
fingerprint
a generic term for any identifying characteristic
linguistic profiling
using speech characteristics or dialect to identify a speaker's race or religion or social class
profiling
recording a person's behavior and analyzing psychological characteristics in order to predict or assess their ability in a certain sphere or to identify a particular group of people
key
a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access
identification number, number
a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification
card, identity card
a card certifying the identity of the bearer
DNA fingerprint, genetic fingerprint
biometric identification obtained by examining a person's unique sequence of DNA base pairs; often used for evidence in criminal law cases
automatic face recognition, face recognition, facial recognition
biometric identification by scanning a person's face and matching it against a library of known faces
fingerprint
a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations
finger scan, finger scanning
biometric identification by automatically scanning a person's fingerprints electronically
iris scanning
biometric identification by scanning the iris of the eye
signature recognition
biometric identification by automatically scanning a person's signature and matching it electronically against a library of known signatures
retinal scanning
biometric identification by scanning the retina of the eye
voiceprint
biometric identification by electronically recording and graphically representing a person's voice
countersign, parole, password, watchword, word
a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group
green card
a card that identifies the bearer as an alien with permanent resident status in the United States
I.D., ID
a card or badge used to identify the bearer
charge card, charge plate, credit card, plastic
a card (usually plastic) that assures a seller that the person using it has a satisfactory credit rating and that the issuer will see to it that the seller receives payment for the merchandise delivered
debit card
a card (usually plastic) that enables the holder to withdraw money or to have the cost of purchases charged directly to the holder's bank account
smart card
a plastic card containing a microprocessor that enables the holder to perform operations requiring data that is stored in the microprocessor; typically used to perform financial transactions
Type of:
evidence
an indication that makes something evident
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n the attribution to yourself (consciously or unconsciously) of the characteristics of another person (or group of persons)

Type of:
identity, individuality, personal identity
the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity

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