From a later form of ithand, itself an alteration (due to assimilation to suffix -and) of Middle English ithen, from Old Norse iðinn (“assiduous, diligent”), from iðja, iðna (“to do, perform”), from ið (“a restless motion”), equivalent to ithe + -and and/or ithe + -en. Cognate with Icelandic iðinn (“diligent”), Norwegian idig (“busy”), Danish id (“pursuit, calling, business”). More at ithand.
- eident (Scotland)
Shortened form of identification.
ident (plural idents)
- (radio, television) A brief audio or audiovisual sequence serving to identify the broadcaster.
- 2002, Jane Austin, Graphic Originals:
- In 1999 Chaudoir and fellow BBC designer Tim Platt were given the task of rebranding the existing BBC2 idents.
- (Internet) A protocol serving to identify the user of a particular TCP connection, used especially on IRC networks.
- 2004, Eoghan Casey, Digital Evidence and Computer Crime:
- […] the intruder installed an IRC bot and French ident daemon to reply to IRC servers with a name other than root.
- Identifier. (Can we add an example for this sense?)