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  • noun Identification.
  • noun television A brief audiovisual sequence serving to identify the broadcaster.
  • noun Internet A protocol serving to identify the user of a particular TCP connection, used especially on IRC networks.
  • noun identifier.
  • adjective Northern England, Scotland Diligent; persistent.

Etymologies

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Shortened form of identification

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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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