pass word


[pas-wurd, pahs-]
a secret word or expression used by authorized persons to prove their right to access, information, etc.
a word or other string of characters, sometimes kept secret or confidential, that must be supplied by a user in order to gain full or partial access to a multiuser computer system or its data resources.
Compare countersign.

1810–20; pass + word

1. watchword. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
password (ˈpɑːsˌwɜːd)
1.  a secret word, phrase, etc, that ensures admission or acceptance by proving identity, membership, etc
2.  an action, quality, etc, that gains admission or acceptance
3.  a sequence of characters used to gain access to a computer system

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Word Origin & History

"word appointed as a sign to distinguish friend from foe," c.1817, from 'pass (v.) + word.
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