from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun Trademark A set of images containing a wide variety of facial features, such as noses, hairlines, chins, etc. on transparencies which can be overlayed in combinations to build up a picture of a person; it is used by police agencies to create concrete images of a crime suspect from the descriptions of witnesses; the image created with the kit is also called an Identikit, or more properly an Identikit picture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a picture of a person, reconstructed from strips showing facial features selected to match witnesses' descriptions; used by the police to build a likeness of a person sought for a crime
  • noun A general description for a composite sketch generated by a sketch artist, software, or a box of facial features on transparent foils that police officers and other public service professionals use to create a likeness of a person from a witness description.
  • adjective informal Indistinguishable from each other.

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

  • noun a likeness of a person's face constructed from descriptions given to police; uses a set of transparencies of various facial features that can be combined to build up a picture of the person sought


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  • "Please take into consideration the swelling, look deeply at the photo and also look at the identikit which is sculptured from facial bone structure." - Stuff

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