Her computer activity was like a breadcrumb trail through her inner life: her interests, her hopes and her plans for the future, even those that would never come true.
Breadcrumbs or breadcrumbs trail is a graphical control element used as a navigational aid inuser interfaces. It allows users to keep track of their locations within programs, documents, or websites. The term comes from the trail of bread crumbs left by Hansel and Gretel in the fairy tale of the same name.
- A word, phrase, or name, usually set in boldface or other distinctive type, that serves as the heading for an entry in a dictionary, encyclopedia, or similar reference work. Also called entry word.
- Grammar. A word that may be modified by an adjunct.
A headword, head word, lemma, or sometimes catchword is the word under which a set of related dictionary or encyclopaedia entries appears. The headword is used to locate the entry, and dictates its alphabetical position. Depending on the size and nature of the dictionary or encyclopedia, the entry may include alternative meanings of the word, its etymology and pronunciation, compound words or phrases that contain the headword, and encyclopedic information about the concepts represented by the word.
For example, the headword bread may contain the following (simplified) definitions:
- To coat in breadcrumbs
- — to know which side your bread is buttered to know how to act in your own best interests.
WordNet: entry wordThe noun has one meaning:
Meaning #1: the form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary
Synonyms: citation form, main entry word