What does password mean?

Definitions for password
ˈpæsˌwɜrd, ˈpɑs-pass·word

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word password.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. password, watchword, word, parole, countersign(noun)

    a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group

    "he forgot the password"


  1. password(Noun)

    A secret word used to gain admittance or to gain access to information; watchword.

  2. password(Noun)

    A string of characters used to log in to a computer or network, to access a level in a video game, etc.

  3. password(Verb)

    To protect with a password.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Password(noun)

    a word to be given before a person is allowed to pass; a watchword; a countersign


  1. Password

    A password is a secret word or string of characters that is used for user authentication to prove identity, or for access approval to gain access to a resource. The password should be kept secret from those not allowed access. The use of passwords is known to be ancient. Sentries would challenge those wishing to enter an area or approaching it to supply a password or watchword, and would only allow a person or group to pass if they knew the password. In modern times, user names and passwords are commonly used by people during a log in process that controls access to protected computer operating systems, mobile phones, cable TV decoders, automated teller machines, etc. A typical computer user has passwords for many purposes: logging into accounts, retrieving e-mail, accessing applications, databases, networks, web sites, and even reading the morning newspaper online. Despite the name, there is no need for passwords to be actual words; indeed passwords which are not actual words may be harder to guess, a desirable property. Some passwords are formed from multiple words and may more accurately be called a passphrase. The term passcode is sometimes used when the secret information is purely numeric, such as the personal identification number commonly used for ATM access. Passwords are generally short enough to be easily memorized and typed.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. password

    A secret word or distinctive sound used to reply to a challenge. See also challenge; countersign.

Editors Contribution

  1. password

    A variety of numbers, letters and symbols created to use with a username to have the official authority to access a specific computer, app, software, computer network, system, device, server or other form of technology.

    We have so many systems within society where we need to use a password.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of password in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of password in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of password in a Sentence

  1. Arthur Marx:

    So. The time has come for me to get my kite flying, stretch out in the sun, kick off my shoes, and speak my piece. 'The days of struggle are over,' I should be able to say. 'I can look back now and tell myself I don't have a single regret.' But I do. Many years ago a very wise man named Bernard Baruch took me aside and put his arm around my shoulder. 'Harpo, my boy,' he said, 'I'm going to give you three pieces of advice, three things you should always remember.' My heart jumped and I glowed with expectation. I was going to hear the magic password to a rich, full life from the master himself. 'Yes, sir' I said. And he told me the three things. I regret that I've forgotten what they were.

  2. Bruce Schneier:

    So my password was stolen, is there any way I can go to every criminal on the planet, to their computers, and delete my name ? No, change your password.

  3. Bruce Schneier:

    That happens a lot, there's a big data breach, and then someone will try the same username and password at a bank, at Google. You just try it. A lot of us reuse passwords, so you might get lucky.

  4. Orin Kerr:

    One standard would be easy for government to satisfy, which is that [ Avenatti ] knows the password, the other is harder : Does government know information on the device is incriminating.

  5. Mary Sano:

    Not being able to learn your new computer password, or to learn a new activity or take on a new project—those are usually the challenges at the earliest stages of the disease.

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