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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.
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This will be the second year for what is planned as an annual event, featuring food booths from 18 local restaurants, caterers and provisioners. About a dozen dessert booths also will set up shop, along with a wine garden and beer stand.
He barbered and clerked in a ship's provisioners. Mr.
Solitary nest-provisioning Hymenoptera may be subdivided into 2 broad categories based on the relative timing of provisioning and offspring developmental events: progressive provisioners, those in which the female provisioning period overlaps with the larval development period, and mass provisioners, in which females complete provisioning and seal off each nest cell before the egg hatches (Evans & O Neill 2007).
Like Meli, Tognetti begins by describing the career of these Pisan homines novi who began as wine merchants, expanded their activities to the wool trade, and ultimately functioned as the major provisioners for the Appiani court at Piombino.
There are, however, notable considerations to be made when viewing their roles as provisioners through the gender filter of their roles as men.
The unsuccessful provisioners were turned away so they decided to walk to a Cherokee village in Mexico, a mere 160 miles distant.