General Relationship Related Definitions
Analog n: a modeled or patterned thing that is in every point
generated by the thing it is an analog of.
Example n: a single part or unit selected to show the nature or
character of the rest.
Model (intangible) n: a hypothetical or stylized representation of a thing, or
a generalized, hypothetical description used in analyzing or explaining
Model (tangible) n: the first physical construction of a working
system, or a physical replication built to a different scale. The physical
model may or may not be designed to function.
Paradigm n: a wide ranging, encompassing, foundational model or framework
that sets a pattern and boundaries for understanding and arranging pertinent information
into something consistent and meaningful.
Pattern n: a model, plan, or regular unvarying way used as a
guide for making or understanding things.
Precedent n: an act, case, or decision that may serve as an
example, model or justification for later developments.
Sample n: a selection of parts, pieces, or specimens taken or
shown as representative of a a group or a whole thing.
Theory n: the relationship of the model to the things that the
model is supposed to represent.