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Definitions for password
ˈpæsˌwɜrd, ˈpɑs-pass·word

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. password, watchword, word, parole, countersignnoun

    a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group

    "he forgot the password"


  1. passwordnoun

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

  2. passwordnoun

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

  3. passwordverb

    To protect with a password.


  1. Password

    A password, sometimes called a passcode (for example in Apple devices), is secret data, typically a string of characters, usually used to confirm a user's identity. Traditionally, passwords were expected to be memorized, but the large number of password-protected services that a typical individual accesses can make memorization of unique passwords for each service impractical. Using the terminology of the NIST Digital Identity Guidelines, the secret is held by a party called the claimant while the party verifying the identity of the claimant is called the verifier. When the claimant successfully demonstrates knowledge of the password to the verifier through an established authentication protocol, the verifier is able to infer the claimant's identity. In general, a password is an arbitrary string of characters including letters, digits, or other symbols. If the permissible characters are constrained to be numeric, the corresponding secret is sometimes called a personal identification number (PIN). Despite its name, a password does not need to be an actual word; indeed, a non-word (in the dictionary sense) may be harder to guess, which is a desirable property of passwords. A memorized secret consisting of a sequence of words or other text separated by spaces is sometimes called a passphrase. A passphrase is similar to a password in usage, but the former is generally longer for added security.


  1. password

    A password is a secret series of characters that enables a user to access a file, computer system, or program. It is typically used along with a unique username to provide secure access and protect sensitive information from unauthorized users. Passwords can include a combination of letters, numbers and special symbols, and are often required to be changed regularly to ensure security.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Passwordnoun

    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. Bogdan Botezatu:

    The company needs to understand the situation in order to issue a fix for the exploited vulnerability, and only then have the users change the account password.

  2. 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.

  3. Steve Schult:

    Without a password manager, it’s almost impossible to keep secure passwords and unique passwords for every single site that you visit, it’s impossible to remember 20, 30, 40-character passwords that are all unique and have uppercase letters, lower case, numbers, special characters, etc.

  4. C. D. Tavares:

    Since when is public safety the root password to the Constitution

  5. Spokeswoman Martha Thomas:

    We're still investigating where the user names and passwords came from, but this third party was operating under the assumption that people might be using the same user name and password combinations for multiple accounts.

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