What does state mean?

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  1. A condition; a set of circumstances applying at any given time.
    1. (physics) A complete description of a system, consisting of parameters that determine all properties of the system.
    2. (computing) The stable condition of a processor during a particular clock cycle.
    3. (computing) The set of all parameters relevant to a computation.
    4. (computing) The values of all parameters at some point in a computation.
    5. (sciences) The physical property of matter as solid, liquid, gas or plasma.
    6. (obsolete) Highest and stationary condition, as that of maturity between growth and decline, or as that of crisis between the increase and the abating of a disease; height; acme.
  2. High social standing or circumstance.
    1. Pomp, ceremony, or dignity.
    2. Rank; condition; quality.
    3. Condition of prosperity or grandeur; wealthy or prosperous circumstances; social importance.
    4. A chair with a canopy above it, often standing on a dais; a seat of dignity; also, the canopy itself.
    5. (obsolete) A great person, a dignitary; a lord or prince.
    6. (obsolete) Estate, possession.
  3. A polity.
    1. Any sovereign polity; a national or city-state government.
    2. A political division of a federation retaining a notable degree of autonomy, as in the United States or Germany; (by extension, informal, US) any province.
    3. (obsolete) A form of government other than a monarchy.
    4. (anthropology) A society larger than a tribe. A society large enough to form a state in the sense of a government.
  4. (mathematics) An element of the range of the random variables that define a random process.
  1. (transitive) To declare to be a fact.
  2. (transitive) To make known.
  1. (obsolete) stately
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