|1.||[ noun ] (linguistics) the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something|
|Synonyms:||form signifier word_form|
"the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"
|Related terms:||word root citation_form ghost_word singular etymon plural abbreviation acronym linguistics|
|2.||[ noun ] a piece of stored information that is used to identify an item in an information storage and retrieval system|
|Related terms:||information computer_science|