ETYM agentia, from Latin agens, agentis: cf. French agence. Related to Agent.
1 > A business that serves other businesses.
2 > An administrative unit of government | SYN: government agency, bureau, office, authority.
3 > The state of being in action or exerting power.
4 > The state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
5 > How a result is obtained or an end is achieved
Chiefly British; the business of a broker; brokerage
ETYM French compromis, from Latin compromissum a mutual promise to abide by the decision of an arbiter, from compromittere to make such a promise; com- + promittere to promise. Related to Promise.
1 > A middle way between two extremes | SYN: via media.
2 > An accommodation in which both sides make concessions.
ETYM Old Eng. dint, dent, dunt, a blow, as. dynt; akin to Icel. dyntr a dint, dynta to dint, and perh. to Latin fendere (in composition). Related to Dent, Defend.
Interchangeable with 'means' in the expression 'by dint of'.
1; archaic; Blow, stroke.
2 > Force, power.
3 > Dent.
1 > A subsidiary organ of government created for a special purpose
2 > An artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end | SYN: instrumentation.
3 > The quality of being instrumental for some purpose.
ETYM Latin intercessio an intervention, a becoming surety: cf. French intercession. Related to Intercede. A prayer to God on behalf of another person.
In physics, the phenomenon of two or more wave motions interacting and combining to produce a resultant wave of larger or smaller amplitude (depending on whether the combining waves are in or out of phase with each other).
Interference of white light (multiwavelength) results in spectral colored fringes; for example, the iridescent colors of oil films seen on water or soap bubbles (demonstrated by Newton's rings). Interference of sound waves of similar frequency produces the phenomenon of beats, often used by musicians when tuning an instrument. With monochromatic light (of a single wavelength), interference produces patterns of light and dark bands. This is the basis of holography, for example. Interferometry can also be applied to radio waves, and is a powerful tool in modern astronomy.
1 > The act or state of interfering
2 > The mutual influence, under certain conditions, of two streams of light, or series of pulsations of sound, or, generally, two waves or vibrations of any kind.
3 > Confusion or comingling of incompatible forces
1 > Noise or other external signals that affect the performance of a communications channel.
2 > Electromagnetic signals that can disturb radio or television reception. The signals can be generated naturally, as in lightning, or by electronic devices, such as computers.
The act of coming between; intervention, mediation
ETYM Latin interventio an interposition: cf. French intervention.
1 > A policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries | SYN: interference.
2 > The act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute) | SYN: intercession.
ETYM Old Eng. mediacioun, French médiation. Related to Mediate.
1 > Negotiation to resolve differences conducted by some impartial party | SYN: arbitration.
2 > The act of mediating | SYN: intermediation.
Technical term in G W F Hegel's philosophy, and in Marxist philosophy influenced by Hegel, describing the way in which an entity is defined through its relations to other entities.
ETYM Latin negotiatio: cf. French négociation. A discussion intended to produce an agreement | SYN: talks. Bargaining over an issue. In industrial relations, labor unions and employers are likely to negotiate the pay and conditions of workers in the process of collective bargaining. In sales, a company may bargain with another company over the price to be paid for a product, its quality and packaging, and delivery dates. If negotiations break down, it may be possible and worthwhile for the parties to seek outside help with conciliation or arbitration.
(Law) An allegation in legal form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding.
ETYM French tenure, Old Fren. teneure, from French tenir to hold. Related to Tenable.
1 > The right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands | SYN: land tenure.
2 > The term during which some position is held | SYN: term of office, incumbency.
Employment terms and conditions. Security of tenure is often granted to the judiciary, civil servants, educators, and others in public office, where impartiality and freedom from political control are considered necessary.
The length of tenure depends on the service involved, and termination of it would only occur in exceptional cases, such as serious misconduct.
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