\dɪskɹˈɪptə], \dɪskɹˈɪptə], \d_ɪ_s_k_ɹ_ˈɪ_p_t_ə]\
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By Princeton University
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An integer, string or other small datavalue which refers to one of several objects allocated to aprogram by the operating system, usually the kernel. Acommon example is a Unix file descriptor which is a smallinteger that identifies an I/O channel. Another example is areference to an area of memory (e.g. shared memory).Compare capability.
By Denis Howe