Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something serving as an indication, proof, or expression of something else; a sign: "Tears are queer tokens of happiness” ( Eugene O'Neill). See Synonyms at sign.
  • n. Something that signifies or evidences authority, validity, or identity: The scepter is a token of regal status.
  • n. A distinguishing feature or characteristic.
  • n. One that represents a group, as an employee whose presence is used to deflect from the employer criticism or accusations of discrimination.
  • n. A keepsake or souvenir.
  • n. A piece of stamped metal used as a substitute for currency: subway tokens.
  • transitive v. To betoken or symbolize; portend.
  • adj. Done as an indication or a pledge: a token payment.
  • adj. Perfunctory; minimal: a token gesture of reconciliation; token resistance.
  • adj. Merely symbolic: refused to be the token woman on the committee.
  • idiom by the same token In like manner; similarly.
  • idiom in token of As an indication of: a ring given in token of love.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something serving as an expression of something else; sign, symbol
  • n. A keepsake, momento, souvenir
  • n. A piece of stamped metal used as a substitute for money; a voucher that can be exchanged for goods or services
  • n. Evidence, proof; a confirming detail; physical trace, mark, footprint; also fig.
  • n. Support for a belief; grounds for an opinion; reason, reasoning, witcraft (see usage)
  • n. An extraordinary event serving as evidence of supernatural power, a miracle
  • n. An object or disclosure to attest or authenticate the bearer or an instruction; a password
  • n. A seal guaranteeing the quality of an item.
  • n. Something given or shown as a symbol or guarantee of authority or right; a sign of authenticity, of power, good faith.
  • n. A tally
  • n. A particular thing to which a concept applies.
  • n. An atomic piece of data, such as a word, for which a meaning may be inferred during parsing. Also called a symbol.
  • n. A lexeme; a basic, grammatically indivisible unit of a language such as a keyword, operator or identifier.
  • n. A characteristic sign of a disease or of a bodily disorder, a symptom; a sign of a bodily condition, recovery, or health.
  • n. (obsolete) A livid spot upon the body, indicating, or supposed to indicate, the approach of death.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A thin bed of coal indicating the existence of a thicker seam at no great distance.
  • n. In a loom, a colored signal to show the weaver which shuttle to use.
  • adj. Done as an indication or a pledge; perfunctory, minimal or merely symbolic.
  • adj. a minor attempt for appearance sake, or to minimally comply with a requirement
  • v. To betoken, indicate, portend, designate, denote
  • v. To betroth
  • v. To symbolize, instantiate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Something intended or supposed to represent or indicate another thing or an event; a sign; a symbol.
  • n. A memorial of friendship; something by which the friendship of another person is to be kept in mind; a memento; a souvenir.
  • n. Something given or shown as a symbol or guarantee of authority or right; a sign of authenticity, of power, good faith, etc.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A livid spot upon the body, indicating, or supposed to indicate, the approach of death.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A piece of metal given beforehand to each person in the congregation who is permitted to partake of the Lord's Supper.
  • n. 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.
  • n. In a Jacquard loom, a colored signal to show the weaver which shuttle to use.
  • transitive v. To betoken.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set a mark upon; designate.
  • To betoken; toe a symbol of.
  • To betroth.
  • n. Something intended or supposed to represent or indicate another thing or an event; a sign; a symbol; an evidence.
  • n. A characteristic mark or indication.
  • n. 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. Something that serves as a pledge of authenticity, good faith, or the like; witness.
  • n. A signal.
  • n. A piece of metal having the general appearance of a coin and practically serving the same purpose.
  • n. 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. 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.
  • n. In weaving. See the quotation.
  • n. Same as tally.
  • n. A thin bed of coal indicating the existence of a thicker seam at no great distance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. insignificantly small; a matter of form only (`tokenish' is informal)
  • n. something of sentimental value
  • n. an individual instance of a type of symbol
  • n. a metal or plastic disk that can be redeemed or used in designated slot machines
  • n. something serving as a sign of something else

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English tācen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 *taiknan (“sign, token”), from Proto-Indo-European *deyǵe-, *deyḱe- (“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"), Albanian theks ("accent, sign"), Latin index ("finger", literally "pointer"), Ancient Greek  (deigma, "sample"). More at toe. (Wiktionary)

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  • I spent most of today trying to understand, again, what a token is and a frob and how they relate.

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  • L2TP users cannot use a RADIUS server in passthrough mode plus a token-based system (a token is a separate authentication device).

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  • He smiled after a sickly fashion, and nodded his head in token of surrender.

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  • She closed her eyes in token that the brief audience was over.

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  • Into this, as it gained strength, he placed many stones from a convenient pile, each fire-blackened in token that it had been similarly used many times.

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  • He pointed to three of the bamboo poles erect and devil-dancing in token that fish were hooked and struggling on the lines beneath.

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  • He passed me the signals of the Iron Heel's secret service, in token that he, too, was in its employ.

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  • That is your business, not mine, he said conclusively, rising in token that the interview was at an end.

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