[J3] What is an entity?

Steve Lionel steve at stevelionel.com
Sat Aug 13 16:19:54 UTC 2022

On 8/13/2022 3:55 AM, Thomas König via J3 wrote:

> "Entity" is used in several definitions in "Terms and Definitions"
> and also in other places, but I didn't find in the standard. 

There are many words in the standard that the standard doesn't define 
separately. In such cases, one should refer to an English language 
dictionary. When I do that, I see as the primary definition, "something 
that has a real existence; thing:". In Fortran terms, this would be 
something that potentially is manifested in memory or a register; for 
example, variable, constant or procedure, but not a type.

I agree, however, that this term is used so often in the standard that 
it should have an entry in clause 3.

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