identification-n; 6 Senses

Sense Number 1: the act or event of positively recognizing an entity

Commentary: IDENTIFICATION[+event][+cognition][+recognition][+of_object]

It may be impossible for relatives to make positive identifications of the victims.
Each infant wears a bracelet for identification. (for the -act- of identifying the infant)
Accurate identification of that rare bird species is difficult because it looks similar to this bird.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: documentation that establishes proof of identity

Commentary: IDENTIFICATION[+entity][+artifact][+document][+proof][+of_identity]
NOTE: This is a narrow, widely-used sub-sense of Sense 3, it always implies documents.

The police pulled John over and asked to see some identification.
You cannot get through airport security lines without proper identification.
The man's identification may have been forged.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 3: something which serves the role of establishing identity

Commentary: IDENTIFICATION[+relation][+role][+establisher][+of_identity]
NOTE: implies a trait, or situation that serves as proof of something.

Dental records served as identification of the badly decomposed body.
In nature, right vivid colors are a common identification of poisonous creatures.
Tracks in cloud chambers are a key identification of sub-atomic particle collisions.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b

Sense Number 4: the act of designating a role to someone

Commentary: IDENTIFICATION[+event][+social][+selection][+designation][+of_role]
NOTE: implies that an agent(s) selects or designates someone to play a role.

The identification of a new CEO for their company will take some time.
The identification of who the next president would be had to wait for a recount of the votes.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 5: attributing characteristics of another to oneself, strong empathy

Commentary: IDENTIFICATION[+state][+mental][+attribution][+characteristic][+of_other][+to_self]
NOTE: always implies a subject's personal empathy with something

Children often have a strong identification with the characters in storybooks.
The therapist helped the patient see his identification with his over-bearing mother.
Sally did not share her mother's identification with radical feminists.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 6: making an association or link between things

Commentary: IDENTIFICATION[+state][+mental][+association][+link][+between_entities]
NOTE: does not imply the link is between the subject and something, (Sense 5) but between two external things

It was the traditional Russian identification of democracy with anarchy.
John doesn't like polo shirts because of his identification of them with stodgy middle-aged med

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1c