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Probably used in Britain in the 1960s to describe the extra portions of a mechanical, biological or electrical system.





  1. Definition 1. The extra portions of a general system.
  1. Example A propeller driven airplane has a gasoline engine that consists of a motor block, pistons, connecting rods and a crankshaft. Surrounding the motor block is a distributor, a generator, a fuel pump, an air supercharger, an oil pump. All these pieces and others are the "guppences" of the propulsion system.
  1. Example A biological creature from c. elegans to a human can be viewed as an intestine with a mouth at one end and an anus at the other end. Surrounding the intestine are organs like, a heart to pump blood, lungs to take in air, a liver to process fluids, etc. All these surrounding pieces are the "guppences" of the creature.
  1. Example A computer system can be viewed as a processor that moves information in and out of itself. The processor does the moving but devices like a keyboard, a speaker, a microphone, a display, even an associated disk an be thought of as the "guppences" of the computer system.

Usage notes[edit]

The word Guppence is useful for describing in a general and colloquial way the non-essential portions of a system. Of course, without the guppences, a typical system will fail/die, so the guppences are necessary.



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