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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Agent  \A"gent\,  a.  [L.  agens,  agentis  p.  pr  of  agere  to  act 
  akin  to  Gr  ?  to  lead,  Icel.  aka  to  drive,  Skr.  aj  [root]2.] 
  Acting;  --  opposed  to  {patient},  or  sustaining,  action 
  [Archaic]  ``The  body  agent.''  --Bacon. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Agent  \A"gent\,  n. 
  1.  One  who  exerts  power,  or  has  the  power  to  act  an  actor. 
 
  Heaven  made  us  agents,  free  to  good  or  ill. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  One  who  acts  for  or  in  the  place  of  another,  by 
  authority  from  him  one  intrusted  with  the  business  of 
  another;  a  substitute;  a  deputy;  a  factor. 
 
  3.  An  active  power  or  cause  that  which  has  the  power  to 
  produce  an  effect;  as  a  physical,  chemical,  or  medicinal 
  agent;  as  heat  is  a  powerful  agent. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  agent 
  n  1:  an  active  and  efficient  cause  capable  of  producing  a 
  certain  effect;  "their  research  uncovered  new  disease 
  agents" 
  2:  acts  on  behalf  of  other  persons  or  organizations 
  3:  a  substance  that  exerts  some  force  or  effect 
  4:  a  businessman  who  buys  or  sells  for  another  in  exchange  for 
  a  commission  [syn:  {factor},  {broker}] 
  5:  any  agent  or  representative  of  a  federal  agency  or  bureau 
  [syn:  {federal  agent}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  agent 
 
    In  the  {client-server}  model,  the  part  of  the 
  system  that  performs  information  preparation  and  exchange  on 
  behalf  of  a  {client}  or  {server}.  Especially  in  the  phrase 
  "intelligent  agent"  it  implies  some  kind  of  automatic  process 
  which  can  communicate  with  other  agents  to  perform  some 
  collective  task  on  behalf  of  one  or  more  humans. 
 
  (1995-04-09) 
 
 




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