stop list

Main Entry:  stop list
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a set of words automatically omitted from a computer search, concordance, or index, usu. the most frequent words, which would slow down processing or make results less satisfactory; also written stoplist
Example:  A stop list, or negative dictionary is a device used in automatic indexing to filter out words that would make poor index terms.
Etymology:  1979
Usage:  see stopword
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