Entity vs. Gestalt - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Entity

    An entity is anything that claims independent existence (as opposed to merely being part of a whole), whether as a subject or as an object, actually or potentially, concretely or abstractly. The term is broad in scope and may refer to animals; natural features like mountains; inanimate objects like tables; abstractions like numbers or sets; human contrivances like laws, corporations and academic disciplines; or supernatural beings like Gods and spirits. The adjectival form is entitative and refers to something considered in its own right.

Wiktionary

  • Entity (noun)

    That which has a distinct existence as an individual unit. Often used for organisations which have no physical form.

  • Entity (noun)

    The existence of something considered apart from its properties.

  • Entity (noun)

    Anything about which information or data can be stored in a database; in particular, an organised array or set of individual elements or parts.

  • Entity (noun)

    The state or quality of being or existence.

    "The group successfully maintains its tribal entity."

  • Gestalt (noun)

    A collection of physical, biological, psychological or symbolic elements that creates a whole, unified concept or pattern which is other than the sum of its parts, due to the relationships between the parts (of a character, personality, entity, or being)

    "This biography is the first one to consider fully the writer's gestalt."

  • Gestalt (noun)

    Shape, form

Oxford Dictionary

  • Entity (noun)

    a thing with distinct and independent existence

    "Church and empire were fused in a single entity"

  • Entity (noun)

    existence; being

    "entity and nonentity"

Webster Dictionary

  • Entity (noun)

    A real being, whether in thought (as an ideal conception) or in fact; being; essence; existence.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Entity (noun)

    that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence (living or nonliving)

  • Gestalt (noun)

    a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts

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