(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Means of producing effects
1. (act of an agent) agency, operation; working, power, function; office, exercise, play, work; interworking, interaction; causality, causation (See cause); instrumentality, action, means; mediation, medium; method, modus operandi, technique, routine, process.
2. (one who acts) agent, doer, performer, perpetrator, operator; executor, executrix, administrator, administratrix; practitioner, worker, stager.
3. (one who produces something) actor, actress; workman, operative, artisan; craftsman, mechanic; working or laboring man or woman; hewer of wood and drawer of water, laborer, navvy; handyman, journeyman, hack; tool, beast of burden, drudge; maker, artificer, artist, wright, manufacturer, architect, builder, mason, smith, mechanic, engineer.
1. (act) operate, execute, work; act upon; perform, play, support, sustain, maintain; take effect, quicken, strike.
2. (put into action) come or bring into operation or play, activate; have free play or rein; bring to bear upon.
Adjectives — operative, efficient, efficacious, practical, effectual; at work, on foot; acting, doing; in operation, in force, in action, in play; acted upon.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Place where business is transacted]
Syn. firm, bureau, company; see business 4 , office 3 .
2. [An instrumentality]
Syn. power, auspices, action; see means 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. organization department, office, bureau, company, corporation, firm, concern, operation.
2. power auspices, action, operation, means, influence, work, activity, medium.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. That by which something is accomplished or some end achieved: agent, instrument, instrumentality, instrumentation, intermediary, mean3 (used in plural), mechanism, medium, organ. See MEANS. 2. A component of government that performs a given function: arm, branch, department, division, organ, wing. See PART.

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