Supply and demand
Supply Sup*ply", n.; pl. {Supplies}. 1. The act of supplying; supplial. --A. Tucker. [1913 Webster]

2. That which supplies a want; sufficiency of things for use or want. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) Auxiliary troops or re["e]nforcements. ``My promised supply of horsemen.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster] (b) The food, and the like, which meets the daily necessities of an army or other large body of men; store; -- used chiefly in the plural; as, the army was discontented for lack of supplies. [1913 Webster] (c) An amount of money provided, as by Parliament or Congress, to meet the annual national expenditures; generally in the plural; as, to vote supplies. [1913 Webster] (d) A person who fills a place for a time; one who supplies the place of another; a substitute; esp., a clergyman who supplies a vacant pulpit. [1913 Webster]

{Stated supply} (Eccl.), a clergyman employed to supply a pulpit for a definite time, but not settled as a pastor. [U.S.]

{Supply and demand}. (Polit. Econ.) ``Demand means the quantity of a given article which would be taken at a given price. Supply means the quantity of that article which could be had at that price.'' --F. A. Walker. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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