provision

(redirected from provisioners)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial.

provision

the conferring of and induction into ecclesiastical offices

provision

To set up a telecommunications line or network for a customer. The term comes from the telephone industry, in which the telco was responsible for configuring their computers to switch customer lines into the appropriate networks. The term migrated to networking in general and refers to setting up user accounts, servers or other network-related equipment.

Do It Yourself
"User provisioning" or "automated provisioning" allows customers to set up their own services and make changes from a Web browser or other client interface without having to contact the telecom or network provider and wait hours, days or weeks for the final results (see cloud computing).

A Very Old Term
The term is centuries old. Before ships would sail from Europe to the New World, they had to be "provisioned" with food, rope, weapons and instruments. See also user management and provisioning.
References in periodicals archive ?
Despite this lack of interaction between provider and offspring, in many mass provisioners the number of prey given to each offspring varies.
In Peter's particular situation, the role of provisioner had been markedly curtailed by Marie's cognitive illness.
The retraction of the latter rested on privatizations of previously publicly owned service provisioners.
The three service providers were an unnamed northwest telecomms provider, convention communications provider Convention Communication Provisioners Inc and Utah-based company Ready WiFi.
Meat Provisioners Mobile-Home Dealers Money Orders Motorcycle Dealers Pawn Shops Petroleum Products Precious Stones and Metals Public Golf Courses Religious-Goods Stores Riding-Apparel Stores Shoe Stores Snowmobile Dealers Swimming Pools Tax Payments Utilities: Electricity, Gas, Water Video-Game Arcades Women's Ready-to-Wear Stores Wig and Toupee Shops
Prior to TNT, a lack of concern about what individual transport would cost meant that the provisioners had frequent and direct contact with the suppliers.
The 'Metra de monachis carnalibus' are even more directly a vehicle for scriptural pastiche, consisting of eleven hexameters followed in each case by a mischievously misappropriated quotation from the Bible; while the brief and laconic poem on the hospitality of monks is not only frankly comic in its brisk mixture of direct speech and description ('Aue capitale, signum manuale, patens hospitale'), but it also adopts an unashamedly worldly perspective, in its complaints about the monks' bad bread and wine, unsalted oil, dirty table-cloths, and 'rustic' provisioners.
It consists of three sets of paired chapters about, respectively, women spies and resistance operatives, women of the armies (defined to include soldiers' female relations and friends, laundresses, cooks, provisioners, official and unofficial nurses and camp followers or sex workers) and, finally, women soldiers.