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Property information

alternative term



a relation between two independent continuants, the target and the location, in which the target is entirely within the location

editor note

Location as a relation between instances: The primitive instance-level relation c located_in r at t reflects the fact that each continuant is at any given time associated with exactly one spatial region, namely its exact location. Following we can use this relation to define a further instance-level location relation - not between a continuant and the region which it exactly occupies, but rather between one continuant and another. c is located in c1, in this sense, whenever the spatial region occupied by c is part_of the spatial region occupied by c1. Note that this relation comprehends both the relation of exact location between one continuant and another which obtains when r and r1 are identical (for example, when a portion of fluid exactly fills a cavity), as well as those sorts of inexact location relations which obtain, for example, between brain and head or between ovum and uterus

Most location relations will only hold at certain times, but this is difficult to specify in OWL. See

example of usage

my brain is located in my head

this rat is located in this cage


temporal interpretation

Property relations