1. Something forming a back that is added for strengthening; SYN. mount.
2. The act of providing approval and support; SYN. championship, patronage.
1. Fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on one's own individuals or formations; SYN. covering fire.
2. The act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; SYN. covering, screening, masking.
1. A natural object that covers or envelops; SYN. natural covering, cover.
2. An artifact that protects or shelters or conceals.
3. The act of protecting something by covering it.
ETYM Latin provisio: cf. French provision. Related to Provide.
1. A stipulated condition; SYN. proviso.
2. The activity of supplying or providing something; SYN. providing, supply, supplying.
Money set aside by a company to pay for tax or dividend payments that it will have to pay in the future.
A company may use its provisions to add to its working capital, effectively borrowing the money it owes rather than increasing its bank borrowings. However, this strategy carries some risk since the company would become insolvent if, when the time came for the tax to be paid, it did not have the liquid assets to pay the tax. A company may also make provisions against the possibility that some of the money owed by debtors may not be paid, thus becoming bad debts.
ETYM Latin securitas: cf. French sécurité. Related to Secure, Surety.
1. Freedom from anxiety or fear.
2. Measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.; SYN. security measures.
3. The state of being free from danger or injury.
4. Property that one's creditor can claim in case one defaults on one's obligation; SYN. surety.
5. Defense against financial failure; SYN. protection.
6. A guarantee that an obligation will be met; SYN. surety.
7. A formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends; SYN. certificate.
8. A department responsible for the security of the institutions property and workers.