system (plural systems)
- A collection of organized things; a whole composed of relationships among its members.
There are eight planets in the solar system.
2013 May–June, Charles T. Ambrose, “Alzheimer’s Disease”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 200:
- Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems—surgical foam, a thermal gel depot, a microcapsule or biodegradable polymer beads.
- (mathematics) A set of equations involving the same variables, which are to be solved simultaneously.
- (medicine) The body organs that contribute to a vegetative function.
- (music) A set of staffs that indicate instruments or sounds that are to be played simultaneously.
- (computing) The set of hardware and software operating in a computer.
- A method or way of organizing or planning.
Many people believed communism was a good system until the breakup of the Soviet Union.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
- But so matters fell out, and so I must relate them; and if any reader is shocked at their appearing unnatural, I cannot help it. I must remind such persons that I am not writing a system, but a history, and I am not obliged to reconcile every matter to the received notions concerning truth and nature.
1915, George A. Birmingham, “chapter I”, in Gossamer (Project Gutenberg; EBook #24394), London: Methuen & Co., published 8 January 2013 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 558189256:
- As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
2012 March–April, John T. Jost, “Social justice: Is it in our nature (and our future)?”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 162:
- He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record. With this biological framework in place, Corning endeavors to show that the capitalist system as currently practiced in the United States and elsewhere is manifestly unfair.
- (derogatory, with "the") The mainstream culture, controlled by the elites or government of a state, or a combination of them, seen as oppressive to the individual.
In attributive use, especially relating to computer systems, the plural is more common than the singular; one normally speaks of a systems engineer and not a system engineer.
- apparatus, arrangement, complex, composition, logistics, machinery, organization, set up, synthesis, structure
Hyponyms of system
Terms derived from system
collection of organized things; whole composed of relationships among its members
mathematics: set of equations to be solved simultaneously
medicine: body organs contributing to a vegetative function
music: set of staffs indicating simultaneity
Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: sudden · usual · entirely · #725: system · sister · occasion · enemy
Declension of system
- a system
- “system” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “system” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
system m inan
declension of system
- system in Polish dictionaries at PWN
- a system, a way or method of organizing items and knowledge
- a computer system (primarily its hardware)
- a system of restricted sales of alcohol, including state-owned monopoly shops
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Terms derived from system