1. [syn: password, watchword, word, parole, countersign]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Password \Pass"word`\, n.
A word to be given before a person is allowed to pass; a
watchword; a countersign. --Macaulay.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group;
"he forgot the password" [syn: password, watchword,
word, parole, countersign]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
An arbitrary string of characters chosen by a user
or system administrator and used to authenticate the user
when he attempts to log on, in order to prevent unauthorised
access to his account.
A favourite activity among unimaginative computer nerds and
crackers is writing programs which attempt to discover
passwords by using lists of commonly chosen passwords such as
people's names (spelled forward or backward). It is
recommended that to defeat such methods passwords use a
mixture of upper and lower case letters or digits and avoid
proper names and real words. If you have trouble remembering
random strings of characters, make up an acronym like
"ihGr8trmP" ("I have great trouble remembering my password").