Definitions for "Token passing"
A network transmission method that requires a node to have control of a "token" before it can send messages; typically fairer than CSMA/CD on busy networks, but more complicated to implement.
A network access method in which devices on the network pass a special sequence of bits, known as the token, from one device to the next. A device can transmit data on the network only if it is in possession of the token.
A local area network access technique in which participating stations circulate a special bit pattern that grants access to the communications pathway to any station that holds the sequence; often used in networks with a ring topology.