iden·ti·ty /aɪˈdɛntəti, ə, ˈdɛnə-/
iden·ti·ty /aɪˈdɛn(t)ətɪ, əˈ/ 名詞
I·den·ti·ty n.; pl. Identities
1. The state or quality of being identical, or the same; sameness.
Identity is a relation between our cognitions of a thing, not between things themselves. --Sir W. Hamilton.
2. The condition of being the same with something described or asserted, or of possessing a character claimed; as, to establish the identity of stolen goods.
3. Math. An identical equation.
n 1: the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a
persisting entity; "you can lose your identity when you
join the army" [syn: personal identity, individuality]
2: the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is
recognized or known; "geneticists only recently discovered
the identity of the gene that causes it"; "it was too dark
to determine his identity"; "she guessed the identity of
3: an operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it
operates; "the identity under numerical multiplication is
1" [syn: identity element, identity operator]
4: exact sameness; "they shared an identity of interests" [syn: