What does architecture mean?

Definitions for architecture
ˈɑr kɪˌtɛk tʃərar·chi·tec·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. architecturenoun

    an architectural product or work

  2. architecturenoun

    the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings

    "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"

  3. architecturenoun

    the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect

  4. computer architecture, architecturenoun

    (computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software

    "the architecture of a computer's system software"


  1. architecturenoun

    The art and science of designing buildings and other structures.

    The architecture throughout NYC is amazing.

  2. architecturenoun

    The profession of an architect.

  3. architecturenoun

    Any particular style of building design.

  4. architecturenoun

    A unifying structure.

  5. architecturenoun

    A specific model of a microchip or CPU.

    The Intel architectures have more software written for them.

  6. architecturenoun

    The structure and design of a system or product.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Architecturenoun

    Etymology: architectura, Lat.

    Architecture is divided into civil architecture, called by way of eminence architecture; military architecture, or fortification; and naval architecture, which, besides building of ships and vessels, includes also ports, moles, docks, &c. Some think the Tyrians were the first improvers of architecture; but others contend, that the rules of this art were delivered by God himself to Solomon, from whom the Tyrians had their instruction, which they afterwards communicated to the Egyptians; these to the Grecians, and these again to the Romans. Under Augustus, architecture arrived to its greatest glory; but it afterwards dwindled by degrees, and at last fell with the western empire, in the fifth century, when the Visigoths destroyed all the most beautiful monuments of antiquity; and a new manner of building took its rise, called the Gothick, coarse, artless, and massive. Of the same kind was the Arabesk, Moorisk or Moorish architecture, brought from the South by the Moors and Saracens. The architects of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries, who had some knowledge of sculpture, seemed to make perfection consist altogether in the delicacy and multitude of ornaments, which they frequently bestowed on their buildings without any conduct or taste. In the two last centuries, the architects of Italy and France were wholly bent upon retrieving the primitive simplicity and beauty of ancient architecture, in which they did not fail of success. This art is divided into five orders; the Tuscan, Dorick, Ionick, Corinthian, and Composite; which took their rise from the different proportions that the different kinds of buildings rendered necessary, according to the bulk, strength, delicacy, richness, or simplicity required. Ephraim Chambers.

    Our fathers next in architecture skill’d,
    Cities for use, and forts for safety build:
    Then palaces and lofty domes arose,
    These for devotion, and for pleasure those. Richard Blackmore, Creat.

    The formation of the first earth being a piece of divine architecture, ascribed to a particular providence. Thomas Burnet, Theory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Architecturenoun

    the art or science of building; especially, the art of building houses, churches, bridges, and other structures, for the purposes of civil life; -- often called civil architecture

  2. Architecturenoun

    construction, in a more general sense; frame or structure; workmanship

  3. Etymology: [L. architectura, fr. architectus: cf. F. architecture. See Architect.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. architecture

    A framework or structure that portrays relationships among all the elements of the subject force, system, or activity.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. architecture


Editors Contribution

  1. architecture

    The intuitive ability, art, experience, knowledge, science, skills and mind to create, design, build and construct.

    Some buildings when you look at them you just see amazing architecture, the blend of angles, colors, style, design and materials are amazing.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'architecture' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3445

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'architecture' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4216

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'architecture' in Nouns Frequency: #1386

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of architecture in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of architecture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of architecture in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Prendergast:

    Fifty years after it opened, the longest vehicular suspension bridge in the United States remains an incredible achievement of engineering and architecture.

  2. Henry Watton:

    In architecture as in all other operative arts, the end must direct the operation. The end is to build well. Well building has three conditions Commodity, Firmness and Delight.

  3. Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji:

    I like this tower for its unique architecture, i've always tried to choose subjects that are symbolic, so that I may project their greatness through photography and the Azadi Tower is a perfect example.

  4. Jagdish Bhagwati:

    TPP is a model of such behaviour and deplorable architecture.

  5. Buzz Aldrin:

    It's an integrated plan that knits together return[ing] to the moon on a commercial and international basis, leveraging asteroid rendezvous, and settling Mars on a carefully developed risk-mitigation architecture, it includes the use of a robotic cycler between Mars and Earth that will revolutionize the economics and safety aspects of human missions to Mars.

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