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ENTITY
  1. Context:
    Design


    Definition:
    Something that exists in itself, actually or hypothetically and can be uniquely identified. Entities can be thought of as nouns.


    Example:
    Common entities in IM are terms, document types, contacts, organizations, repositories, systems.


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  2. Context:
    Computing


    Definition:
    An entity is a grouping of things with rules or data in common.


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    Definition:
    In general, an entity (pronounced N-tih-tee ) is an existing or real thing. The word root is from the Latin, ens , or being, and makes a distinction between a thing's existence and its qualities. An entity exists and that's all it needs to do to be an entity. The fact that something exists also seems to connote separateness from other existences or entities. In programming, engineering, and probably many other contexts, the word is used to identify units, whether concrete things or abstract ideas, that have no ready name or label. In blackboard discussions, one can draw something as yet unnamed and refer to that drawing as the representation of an "entity." (If the entity being discussed later gets ascribed qualities and a name, reference to it as an "entity" may no longer be useful.)


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    TechTarget


See also

ATTRIBUTE
ENTITY-RELATIONSHIP MODEL
LOGICAL DATA MODEL
PYHSICAL DATA MODEL