noun Library Science.
a file, either on cards or in machine-readable format, in which decisions involving bibliographic records, particularly for form of entry, are recorded to establish a precedent or rule for subsequent decisions and to provide for consistency of entries.
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“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.
Origin of authority file
First recorded in 1975–80
Words nearby authority file
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