English dictionary of Logistics

English dictionary of Logistics

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A
act ; enactment
a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body

act ; move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

action
something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

activation
making active and effective (as a bomb)

activity ; action
the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"

administration ; disposal
a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)

advantage ; vantage
the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"

agency ; bureau ; office ; authority
an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"

agreement ; accord
harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters; "the two parties were in agreement"

agreement ; understanding
the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; "they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business"; "there was an understanding between management and the workers"

air
a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of; "air pollution"; "a smell of chemicals in the air"; "open a window and let in some air"; "I need some fresh air"

alarm ; alert
an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger

algorithm
a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem

alternative
one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen; "what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"

apparent ; evident ; manifest ; patent ; plain ; unmistakable
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment; "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"

approachability ; accessibility
the attribute of being easy to meet or deal with

argue
have an argument about something

arrangement ; organization ; organisation
an organized structure for arranging or classifying; "he changed the arrangement of the topics"; "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"; "he tried to understand their system of classification"

articulation ; join ; joint
the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made

artificial intelligence ; AI
the branch of computer science that deal with writing computer programs that can solve problems creatively; "workers in AI hope to imitate or duplicate intelligence in computers and robots"

association
a formal organization of people or groups of people; "he joined the Modern Language Association"

atmosphere ; air
the mass of air surrounding the Earth; "there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere"; "it was exposed to the air"

attachment
a supplementary part or accessory

audit ; inspect
examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification; "audit accounts and tax returns"

authentication ; certification
validating the authenticity of something or someone

author
someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints"

authority ; authorization ; authorisation
the power or right to give orders or make decisions; "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"; "a place of potency in the state"

authorization ; authorisation
the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant

avail
a means of serving; "of no avail"; "there's no help for it"

average ; mean
approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value; "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall"


B
bid ; tender
a formal proposal to buy at a specified price

bill of lading ; waybill
a receipt given by the carrier to the shipper acknowledging receipt of the goods being shipped and specifying the terms of delivery

board
a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose; "he nailed boards across the windows"

browser ; web browser
a program used to view HTML documents

bulk ; volume
the property of something that is great in magnitude; "it is cheaper to buy it in bulk"; "he received a mass of correspondence"; "the volume of exports"

bundle ; sheaf
a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing

business
a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; "he bought his brother's business"; "a small mom-and-pop business"; "a racially integrated business concern"

buying ; purchasing
the act of buying; "buying and selling fill their days"; "shrewd purchasing requires considerable knowledge"


C
cable
a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power

calculation ; computation
the procedure of calculating; determining something by mathematical or logical methods

capacity ; content
the amount that can be contained; "the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"

capital
a seat of government

capital ; working capital
assets available for use in the production of further assets

carbon
an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds

cargo ; lading ; freight ; load ; payload ; shipment
goods carried by a large vehicle

carrier ; bearer
someone whose employment involves carrying something; "the bonds were transmitted by carrier"

carrier ; common carrier
a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages

categorization ; categorisation ; classification
the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type

cause
events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"

cause ; induce ; make
cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

cellular phone ; mobile phone
a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver

channel
a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through; "the fields were crossed with irrigation channels"; "gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street"

choice ; selection
the act of choosing or selecting; "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick"

city ; metropolis
a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts; "Ancient Troy was a great city"

clock ; time
measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time; "he clocked the runners"

code ; computer code
(computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions

code ; encipher ; cipher ; encrypt
convert ordinary language into code; "We should encode the message for security reasons"

commodity
articles of commerce

competence ; competency
the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually

complete ; consummate
perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities; "a complete gentleman"; "consummate happiness"; "a consummate performance"

component
an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; "spare components for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system"

concept ; conception
an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

configuration ; constellation
an arrangement of parts or elements; "the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time"

confirmation ; verification ; check ; substantiation
additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; "fossils provided further confirmation of the evolutionary theory"

connect ; link ; link up
connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces; "Can you connect the two loudspeakers?"; "Tie the ropes together"; "Link arms"

connection ; connexion ; link
a connecting shape

consignee
the person to whom merchandise is delivered over

consignment
the delivery of goods for sale or disposal

consortium ; pool ; syndicate
an association of companies for some definite purpose

constraint ; restraint
the state of being physically constrained; "dogs should be kept under restraint"

constriction ; bottleneck ; chokepoint
a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel

container
any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)

contract
a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law

contribution
the part played by a person in bringing about a result; "I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project"; "they all did their share of the work"

control
power to direct or determine; "under control"

control ; command
exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"

conveyor belt ; conveyer ; conveyor ; transporter
a moving belt that transports objects (as in a factory)

cost
the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor

cushion
protect from impact; "cushion the blow"

customer ; client
someone who pays for goods or services

cycle
an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; "the never-ending cycle of the seasons"


D
dashboard ; fascia
instrument panel on an automobile or airplane containing dials and controls

data mining
data processing using sophisticated data search capabilities and statistical algorithms to discover patterns and correlations in large preexisting databases; a way to discover new meaning in data

database
an organized body of related information

decree ; edict ; fiat ; order
a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"

delay ; postponement
time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"

density ; denseness
the amount per unit size

design ; plan
make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum"

detail ; item ; point
an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"

discard ; toss ; throw out ; cast out ; throw away
throw or cast away; "Put away your worries"

dispatch
the act of sending off something

distribution
the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer

distribution ; dispersion
the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume; "worldwide in distribution"; "the distribution of nerve fibers"; "in complementary distribution"

distributor ; distributer
someone who markets merchandise

division ; partition ; segmentation
the act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart

document
writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

dollar volume ; turnover
the volume measured in dollars; "the store's dollar volume continues to rise"

dominance ; ascendancy ; ascendency
the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"

driver
the operator of a motor vehicle

duty ; tariff
a government tax on imports or exports; "they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries"


E
e-mail ; electronic mail
(computer science) a system of world-wide electronic communication in which a computer user can compose a message at one terminal that can be regenerated at the recipient's terminal when the recipient logs in; "you cannot send packages by electronic mail"

east
the cardinal compass point that is at 90 degrees

element
an abstract part of something; "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech"

entire ; total
constituting the full quantity or extent; complete; "an entire town devastated by an earthquake"; "gave full attention"; "a total failure"

exchange ; interchange
the act of changing one thing for another thing; "Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience"; "there was an interchange of prisoners"

export ; exportation
commodities (goods or services) sold to a foreign country

express ; limited
public transport consisting of a fast train or bus that makes only a few scheduled stops; "he caught the express to New York"

express ; state
indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.; "Can you express this distance in kilometers?"


F
fabrication ; manufacture ; manufacturing
the act of making something (a product) from raw materials; "the synthesis and fabrication of single crystals"; "an improvement in the manufacture of explosives"; "manufacturing is vital to Great Britain"

fare ; transportation
the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance

feature ; characteristic
a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"

fence ; fencing
a barrier that serves to enclose an area

finish ; complete
come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"

first-rate ; tiptop ; top-notch
of the highest quality; "an ace reporter"; "a crack shot"; "a first-rate golfer"; "a super party"; "played top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop condition"; "she is absolutely tops"

flat ; level ; plane
having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another; "a flat desk"; "acres of level farmland"; "a plane surface"; "skirts sewn with fine flat seams"

flexibility ; flexibleness
the property of being flexible; easily bent or shaped

freight ; freightage
the charge for transporting something by common carrier; "we pay the freight"; "the freight rate is usually cheaper"

full ; total
complete in extent or degree and in every particular; "a full game"; "a total eclipse"; "a total disaster"

function ; office
the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"

functional
designed for or capable of a particular function or use; "a style of writing in which every word is functional"; "functional architecture"

fusion ; merger ; unification
an occurrence that involves the production of a union


G
globalization ; globalisation
growth to a global or worldwide scale; "the globalization of the communication industry"


H
hour
a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day; "the job will take more than an hour"

hydrogen ; H
a nonmetallic univalent element that is normally a colorless and odorless highly flammable diatomic gas; the simplest and lightest and most abundant element in the universe


I
import
bring in from abroad

import ; importation
commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country

internet
a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange

introduce ; present
cause to come to know personally; "permit me to acquaint you with my son"; "introduce the new neighbors to the community"

inventory
a collection of resources; "he dipped into his intellectual armory to find an answer"

inventory ; stocktaking
making an itemized list of merchandise or supplies on hand; "an inventory may be necessary to see if anything is missing"; "they held an inventory every month"


L
license ; licence ; permit
a legal document giving official permission to do something

logistics
handling an operation that involves providing labor and materials be supplied as needed


M
main ; chief ; principal ; master
most important element; "the chief aim of living"; "the main doors were of solid glass"; "the principal rivers of America"; "the principal example"; "policemen were primary targets"; "the master bedroom"; "a master switch"

majority ; bulk
the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part; "the majority of his customers prefer it"; "the bulk of the work is finished"

manner ; mode ; style ; way ; fashion
how something is done or how it happens; "her dignified manner"; "his rapid manner of talking"; "their nomadic mode of existence"; "in the characteristic New York style"; "a lonely way of life"; "in an abrasive fashion"

mean ; mean value
an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

meaning ; significance ; import
the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"

measure ; evaluate ; valuate ; assess ; appraise ; value
evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of; "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional"; "access all the factors when taking a risk"

median ; median value
the value below which 50% of the cases fall

merchandise ; ware
commodities offered for sale; "good business depends on having good merchandise"; "that store offers a variety of products"

message
a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled; "he sent a three-word message"

messenger ; courier
a person who carries a message

model
a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process; "the computer program was based on a model of the circulatory and respiratory systems"


N
neglect ; pretermit ; omit ; drop ; miss ; leave out ; overleap
leave undone or leave out; "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"

network ; web
an interconnected system of things or people; "he owned a network of shops"; "retirement meant dropping out of a whole network of people who had been part of my life"; "tangled in a web of cloth"

nitrogen
a common nonmetallic element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless inert diatomic gas; constitutes 78 percent of the atmosphere by volume; a constituent of all living tissues

north
the cardinal compass point that is at 0 or 360 degrees

number
give numbers to; "You should number the pages of the thesis"


O
occupation ; job
the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business"

operate ; control
handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"

operation
a planned activity involving many people performing various actions; "they organized a rescue operation"; "the biggest police operation in French history"; "running a restaurant is quite an operation"; "consolidate the companies various operations"

operation ; functioning
process or manner of functioning or operating; "the power of its engine determines its operation"; "the plane's operation in high winds"; "they compared the cooking performance of each oven"; "the jet's performance conformed to high standards"

optimization ; optimisation
the act of rendering optimal; "the simultaneous optimization of growth and profitability"; "in an optimization problem we seek values of the variables that lead to an optimal value of the function that is to be optimized"; "to promote the optimization and diversification of agricultural products"

order
(often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed; "the British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"

order
established customary state (especially of society); "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"

order ; enjoin
give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"

order ; purchase order
a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities; "IBM received an order for a hundred computers"

ordering ; order
logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements; "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"

organization ; organisation
a group of people who work together

origin ; source
the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"

overload
place too much a load on; "don't overload the car"

oxygen
a nonmetallic bivalent element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless nonflammable diatomic gas; constitutes 21 percent of the atmosphere by volume; the most abundant element in the earth's crust


P
packing
any material used especially to protect something

palette ; pallet
board that provides a flat surface on which artists mix paints and the range of colors used

part ; portion
something determined in relation to something that includes it; "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"; "the animal constituent of plankton"

part ; share ; portion
assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"

pipeline ; line
a pipe used to transport liquids or gases; "a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport"

plan
a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished; "they drew up a six-step plan"; "they discussed plans for a new bond issue"

plan
make plans for something; "He is planning a trip with his family"

plan ; be after
have the will and intention to carry out some action; "He plans to be in graduate school next year"; "The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion"

planning
the act or process of drawing up plans or layouts for some project or enterprise

position ; post ; place ; situation
a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"

prediction ; forecasting ; prognostication
a statement made about the future

prepare ; set up ; ready
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"

prerogative ; privilege ; exclusive right
a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right); "suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males"

present
temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration; "the present leader"; "articles for present use"; "the present topic"; "the present system"; "present observations"

present ; nowadays
the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech; "that is enough for the present"; "he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow"

price
the amount of money needed to purchase something; "the price of gasoline"; "he got his new car on excellent terms"; "how much is the damage?"

price ; cost
value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something; "the cost in human life was enormous"; "the price of success is hard work"; "what price glory?"

procedure ; process
a particular course of action intended to achieve a result; "the procedure of obtaining a driver's license"; "it was a process of trial and error"

process ; physical process
a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"

process ; treat
subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition; "process cheese"; "process hair"; "treat the water so it can be drunk"; "treat the lawn with chemicals" ; "treat an oil spill"

procurement ; procurance ; procural
the act of getting possession of something; "he was responsible for the procurement of materials and supplies"

product ; production
an artifact that has been created by someone or some process; "they improve their product every year"; "they export most of their agricultural production"

production
the act or process of producing something; "Shakespeare's production of poetry was enormous"; "the production of white blood cells"

production
(economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale; "he introduced more efficient methods of production"

productiveness ; productivity
the quality of being productive or having the power to produce

profit
the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)

prognosis ; forecast
a prediction about how something (as the weather) will develop

promotion ; publicity
a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution; "the packaging of new ideas"

protocol ; communications protocol
(computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data

put ; set ; place ; position ; lay
put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"


Q
quality
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare


R
rate ; grade
assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"

ratification ; confirmation
making something valid by formally ratifying or confirming it; "the ratification of the treaty"; "confirmation of the appointment"

report ; account
a short account of the news; "the report of his speech"; "the story was on the 11 o'clock news"; "the account of his speech that was given on the evening news made the governor furious"

retailer ; retail merchant
a merchant who sells goods at retail

return ; take ; proceeds ; yield ; payoff
the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; "the average return was about 5%"

reward ; advantage
benefit resulting from some event or action; "it turned out to my advantage"; "reaping the rewards of generosity"

rich
possessing material wealth; "her father is extremely rich"; "many fond hopes are pinned on rich uncles"


S
scheme ; strategy
an elaborate and systematic plan of action

seller ; vender
someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money

service
work done by one person or group that benefits another; "budget separately for goods and services"

services
performance of duties or provision of space and equipment helpful to others; "the mayor tried to maintain city services"; "the medical services are excellent"

set
(mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols; "the set of prime numbers is infinite"

show ; exhibit ; present ; demonstrate
give an exhibition of to an interested audience; "She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in Washington"

south
the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees

speed ; velocity
distance travelled per unit time

standardization ; standardisation ; normalization ; normalisation
the imposition of standards or regulations; "a committee was appointed to recommend terminological standardization"

storehouse ; depot ; storage
a depository for goods; "storehouses were built close to the docks"

structure ; construction
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

supplier ; provider
someone whose business is to supply a particular service or commodity

system ; scheme
a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"


T
time ; fourth dimension
the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event

tot ; tot up ; sum ; add ; tally
determine the sum of; "Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town"

total ; aggregate
the whole amount

traffic
the aggregation of things (pedestrians or vehicles) coming and going in a particular locality during a specified period of time

transaction
the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities); "no transactions are possible without him"; "he has always been honest is his dealings with me"

transport ; shipping ; transportation
the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials

transportation ; transport ; transfer ; conveyance
the act of moving something from one location to another

trust ; cartel
a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service; "they set up the trust in the hope of gaining a monopoly"


V
value
the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable; "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"

van
a truck with an enclosed cargo space

volt ; V
a unit of potential equal to the potential difference between two points on a conductor carrying a current of 1 ampere when the power dissipated between the two points is 1 watt; equivalent to the potential difference across a resistance of 1 ohm when 1 ampere of current flows through it


W
warehouse ; storage warehouse
a storehouse for goods and merchandise

waste
any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted; "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"

website ; site
a computer connected to the internet that maintains a series of web pages on the World Wide Web; "the Israeli web site was damaged by hostile hackers"

weight
the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity

weight unit ; weight
a unit used to measure weight; "he placed two weights in the scale pan"

west
the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees

WWW
computer network consisting of a collection of internet sites that offer text and graphics and sound and animation resources through the hypertext transfer protocol


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