Definitions for SYSTEMˈsɪs təm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sys•temˈsɪs təm(n.)

  1. an assemblage or combination of things or parts forming a complex or unitary whole.

  2. any assemblage or set of correlated members.

  3. an ordered and comprehensive assemblage of facts, principles, doctrines, or the like in a particular field.

  4. a coordinated body of methods or a scheme or plan of procedure; organizational scheme:

    a system of government.

  5. any formulated, regular, or special method or plan of procedure.

  6. an assemblage of organs or related tissues concerned with the same function: the entire human or animal body considered as a functioning unit:

    the digestive system.

    an ingredient toxic to the system.

    Category: Biology, Anatomy

  7. a number of heavenly bodies associated and acting together according to certain natural laws, as the solar system. a hypothesis or theory of the characteristics of heavenly bodies by which their phenomena, motions, changes, etc., are explained: the Copernican system.

    Category: Astronomy

  8. one's psychological makeup, esp. with reference to desires or preoccupations:

    to get something out of one's system.

  9. a method or scheme of classification:

    the Linnaean system.

  10. (sometimes cap.) the prevailing structure or organization of society, business, or politics or of society in general; establishment (usu. prec. by the):

    to work within the system.

  11. a major division of rocks comprising sedimentary deposits and igneous masses formed during a single geologic period.

    Category: Geology

  12. Physical Chem. a combination of two or more phases, each of which consists of one or more substances, that is attaining or is in equilibrium.

    Category: Chemistry

  13. a working combination of computer hardware, software, and data communications devices.

    Category: Computers

Origin of system:

1610–20; < LL systēma < Gk sýstēma=systē-, var. s. of synistánai to combine, organize ( syn- syn - +histánai to stand ) +-ma, n. suffix of result

Princeton's WordNet

  1. system(noun)

    instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity

    "he bought a new stereo system"; "the system consists of a motor and a small computer"

  2. system, scheme(noun)

    a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole

    "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"

  3. system(noun)

    (physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium

    "in a static system oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface"; "a system generating hydrogen peroxide"

  4. system, system of rules(noun)

    a complex of methods or rules governing behavior

    "they have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"

  5. arrangement, organization, organisation, system(noun)

    an organized structure for arranging or classifying

    "he changed the arrangement of the topics"; "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"; "he tried to understand their system of classification"

  6. system(noun)

    a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts

    "the body has a system of organs for digestion"

  7. system(noun)

    a procedure or process for obtaining an objective

    "they had to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation"

  8. system(noun)

    the living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole

    "exercise helped him get the alcohol out of his system"

  9. organization, organisation, system(noun)

    an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized

    "his compulsive organization was not an endearing quality"; "we can't do it unless we establish some system around here"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. system(noun)ˈsɪs təm

    several separate parts that work together

    the body's circulation system; the state's university system; a system of cameras to monitor airport activity

  2. systemˈsɪs təm

    a carefully organized method

    the country's new tax system; a system for dealing with customers' calls

  3. systemˈsɪs təm

    sb's body

    The medication stays in your system for eight hours.

  4. systemˈsɪs təm

    to do sth that gets rid of a bad feeling or habit

    She's rebellious right now, but she'll get it out of her system.


  1. system(Noun)

    A collection of organized things; as in a solar system.

  2. system(Noun)

    A way of organising or planning.

    Many people believed communism was a good system until the breakup of the Soviet Union.

  3. system(Noun)

    A whole composed of relationships among the members.

  4. system(Noun)

    A set of staffs that indicate instruments or sounds that are to be played simultaneously.

  5. system(Noun)

    A set of equations involving the same variables, which are to be solved simultaneously.

  6. Origin: From late systema, from σύστημα, from σύν + ἵστημι.

Webster Dictionary

  1. System(noun)

    an assemblage of objects arranged in regular subordination, or after some distinct method, usually logical or scientific; a complete whole of objects related by some common law, principle, or end; a complete exhibition of essential principles or facts, arranged in a rational dependence or connection; a regular union of principles or parts forming one entire thing; as, a system of philosophy; a system of government; a system of divinity; a system of botany or chemistry; a military system; the solar system

  2. System(noun)

    hence, the whole scheme of created things regarded as forming one complete plan of whole; the universe

  3. System(noun)

    regular method or order; formal arrangement; plan; as, to have a system in one's business

  4. System(noun)

    the collection of staves which form a full score. See Score, n

  5. System(noun)

    an assemblage of parts or organs, either in animal or plant, essential to the performance of some particular function or functions which as a rule are of greater complexity than those manifested by a single organ; as, the capillary system, the muscular system, the digestive system, etc.; hence, the whole body as a functional unity

  6. System(noun)

    one of the stellate or irregular clusters of intimately united zooids which are imbedded in, or scattered over, the surface of the common tissue of many compound ascidians


  1. System

    A system is a set of interacting or interdependent components forming an integrated whole or a set of elements and relationships which are different from relationships of the set or its elements to other elements or sets. Fields that study the general properties of systems include Systems science, systems theory, cybernetics, dynamical systems, thermodynamics, and complex systems. They investigate the abstract properties of systems' matter and organization, looking for concepts and principles that are independent of domain, substance, type, or temporal scale. Some systems share common characteristics, including: ⁕A system has structure, it contains parts that are directly or indirectly related to each other; ⁕A system has behavior, it contains processes that transform inputs into outputs; ⁕A system has interconnectivity: the parts and processes are connected by structural and/or behavioral relationships. ⁕A system's structure and behavior may be decomposed via subsystems and sub-processes to elementary parts and process steps. The term system may also refer to a set of rules that governs structure and/or behavior. Alternatively, and usually in the context of complex social systems, the term institution is used to describe the set of rules that govern structure and/or behavior.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. system

    1. The supervisor program or OS on a computer. 2. The entire computer system, including input/output devices, the supervisor program or OS, and possibly other software. 3. Any large-scale program. 4. Any method or algorithm. 5. System hacker: one who hacks the system (in senses 1 and 2 only; for sense 3 one mentions the particular program: e.g., LISP hacker)

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. system

    A functionally, physically, and/or behaviorally related group of regularly interacting or interdependent elements; that group of elements forming a unified whole.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SYSTEM' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #171

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SYSTEM' in Written Corpus Frequency: #476

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SYSTEM' in Nouns Frequency: #14

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