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entity

something having real or distinct existence; a thing, esp when considered as independent of other things

entity

[′ent·ə·tē]
(computer science)

entity

In a database, anything about which information can be stored; for example, a person, concept, physical object or event. Typically refers to a record structure.
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An additional separate layer of "entity groups" is needed to represent such aggregation or containment relation ships between physical entities, with a 1-to-n or n-to-1 mapping to the physical entity layer.
xplanations for dark energy fall into two basic camps: those theories that add a new physical entity or those that change the laws of gravity, according to Eric Linder with the University of California at Berkeley.
But it always pays to consider the racehorse as a physical entity before writing her off as a star who fell to Earth.
With plans for a staff of 15, however, the university is less a physical entity than a governing headquarters that aims to better coordinate education programs.
She no longer had any recognition of herself as a physical entity, with hands and feet and a body, but as a fluid, directly connected to the ultimate reality.

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