What does system mean?

Definitions for system
ˈsɪs təmsys·tem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. systemnoun

    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, schemenoun

    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. systemnoun

    (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 rulesnoun

    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, systemnoun

    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. systemnoun

    a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts

    "the body has a system of organs for digestion"

  7. systemnoun

    a procedure or process for obtaining an objective

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

  8. systemnoun

    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, systemnoun

    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"


  1. systemnoun

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

  2. systemnoun

    A way of organising or planning.

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

  3. systemnoun

    A whole composed of relationships among the members.

  4. systemnoun

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

  5. systemnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SYSTEMnoun

    Etymology: systeme, Fr. σύστημα.

    Aristotle brings morality into system, by treating of happiness under heads, and ranges it in classes according to its different objects, distinguishing virtues into their several kinds which had not been handled systematically before. Thomas Baker.

    The best way to learn any science is to begin with a regular system, or a short and plain scheme of that science well drawn up into a narrow compass. Isaac Watts.


  1. System

    A system is a group of interacting or interrelated elements that act according to a set of rules to form a unified whole. A system, surrounded and influenced by its environment, is described by its boundaries, structure and purpose and expressed in its functioning. Systems are the subjects of study of systems theory and other systems sciences. Systems have several common properties and characteristics, including structure, function(s), behavior and interconnectivity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Systemnoun

    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. Systemnoun

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

  3. Systemnoun

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

  4. Systemnoun

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

  5. Systemnoun

    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. Systemnoun

    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

  7. Etymology: [L. systema, Gr. , fr. to place together; sy`n with + to place: cf. F. systme. See Stand.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. System

    sis′tem, n. anything formed of parts placed together or adjusted into a regular and connected whole: an assemblage of bodies as a connected whole: an orderly arrangement of objects according to some common law or end: regular method or order: a full and connected view of some department of knowledge: an explanatory hypothesis or theory: the universe.—adjs. Systemat′ic, -al, pertaining to, or consisting of, system: formed or done according to system: methodical.—adv. Systemat′ically.—ns. Systemati′cian; Systematisā′tion, Systemisā′tion.—vs.t. Sys′tematise, Sys′temise, to reduce to a system.—ns. Sys′tematiser; Sys′tematism; Sys′tematist; Systematol′ogy.—adjs. System′ic, systematic; pertaining to the human system; Sys′temless, without system: not exhibiting organic structure.—ns. Sys′tem-māk′er, -mon′ger, one unduly fond of constructing systems. [Gr. systēmasyn, together, histēmi, I place.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. system

    The method of disposing the correlative parts of a fortification, proposed variously by many eminent engineers.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. system

    In fortification, is a particular arrangement and mode of constructing the different works surrounding a fortified place. The principal systems now studied are those of Marshal Vauban, and the improved method invented by Cormontaigne, the celebrated French engineer.

  2. system

    A scheme which reduces many things to regular dependence or co-operation. This word is frequently applied to some particular mode of drilling and exercising men to fit them for manœuvres and evolutions. Hence, the Prussian system, the Austrian system, etc.

Editors Contribution

  1. system

    A group of interacting components.

    The power plant has a number of components and systems that contribute to the facilities at the plant.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2016  

  2. system

    A network of connected or related computer software, hardware, and data transmission device.

    The company e-commerce system was a network of computers, software, hardware and data transmission device that empowered its technology and workers to produce and work effectively.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2016  

  3. system

    A network of interconnected structured and systematic vision, strategy, goals, plans, objectives, budget, policies, processes, procedures and structures for a person, business, company, enterprise, organization, forms of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government with the focus on creating positively in order of priority of optimum health, human rights, right to life, civil rights, ethical, fair, just and moral shared prosperity for all, stability, unity government, solidarity, cohesion, human rights, animal rights, right to housing, right to education, right to parent, right to childcare, right to a standard of living, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal distribution of income, wealth, fairness and justness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of global and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances.

    The unity government structure and systems are so easy to navigate as each country has identical structures and systems.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020  

  4. system

    A network of structures and channels for communication, travel or distribution.

    The city transport system is a vital system for the transport and distribution of people and goods to their chosen destination.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2016  

  5. system

    An organism as a whole and the interaction with the accurate and specific processes or functions that contribute to the function of the organism.

    An organism has a number of systems within it e.g. the human body has a number of systems within the body.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2016  


  1. System

    an order of arrangement.

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of system in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of system in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of system in a Sentence

  1. Craig Reedie:

    At a time when trust in sport is wafer thin, these troubling assertions will do little to reinforce confidence in the Russian anti-doping system when clean athletes need it most, the next important step is to install two international experts in Russia to ensure that the anti-doping system is free of undue interference and is fully independent.

  2. Lawrence Kubie:

    Today's family is built like a pyramid with all the intrafamilial rivalries, tensions, jealousies, angers, hatreds, loves and needs focused on the untrained, vulnerable, insecure, young, inexperienced and incompetent parental apex ... about whose incompetence our vaunted educational system does nothing.

  3. Intesa Sanpaolo:

    It is a positive initiative for the system.

  4. Jaime Mass:

    If the whey is processed carefully and at low temperatures, it will contain naturally occurring immunoglobulins and lactoferrin, lactoferrin is actually a component of the immune system, supporting our overall immune health and helping us to fight off infections.

  5. Jean Peters:

    Most of us have heard the famous quotation that' injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,' kevin Strickland stands as our own example of what happens when a system set to be just, just gets it terribly wrong.

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    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. proprietary
    • B. ultimo
    • C. elusive
    • D. tacky

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