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physical entity


an entity that has physical existence


noun (persons, places, or things)


physical entities

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Princeton WordNet

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something that exists by itself, although it need not be of material existence. In particular, abstractions and legal fictions are usually regarded as entities. In general, there is also no presumption that an entity is animate. In business, an entity... (40 of 632 words)


Collins Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

something having real or distinct existence; a thing, especially when considered as independent of other things | existence or being | the essence or ... (22 of 489 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)



entity | entities [plural] | being [synonym, sense-specific] | existence [synonym, sense-specific] | commodity [synonym, sense-specific] | existent [synonym, sense-specific] | individual [synonym, sense-specific] | individuality [synonym, sense-specific] | integer [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"being", "existence" ; especially, independent, separate, or self-contained existence ; the existence of a thing as contrasted with its attributes | ... (20 of 151 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)



entity | entities [plural]

That which has a distinct existence as an individual unit. Often used for organisations which have no physical form. | An existent something that has the properties of being real, and having a real existence. | [computing] Anything about which... (38 of 117 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural] | existence [synonym, sense-specific] | being [synonym, sense-specific] | entitative [derived]

a thing with distinct and independent existence | existence; being (9 of 76 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)


American Heritage Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

Something that exists as a particular and discrete unit | The fact of existence; being. | The existence of something considered apart from its ... (22 of 56 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

something that has a real existence; thing. | being or existence, especially when considered as distinct, independent, or self-contained. | essential ... (19 of 50 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

entity [countable, formal] | entities [plural]

a separate unit that is complete and has its own character (11 of 48 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

being; existence | a thing that has definite, individual existence outside or within the mind; anything real in itself (18 of 42 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

entity [formal]

something which exists apart from other things, having its own independent existence (12 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)


Encarta Dictionary:

entity | entities [plural]

something that exists as or is perceived as a single separate object | the state of having existence | the essence or character of something (23 of 56 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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