noun sys·tem \ˈsis-təm\

: a group of related parts that move or work together

: a body of a person or animal thought of as an entire group of parts that work together

: a group of organs that work together to perform an important function of the body

Full Definition of SYSTEM

:  a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole <a number system>: as
a (1) :  a group of interacting bodies under the influence of related forces <a gravitational system>
(2) :  an assemblage of substances that is in or tends to equilibrium <a thermodynamic system>
b (1) :  a group of body organs that together perform one or more vital functions <the digestive system>
(2) :  the body considered as a functional unit
c :  a group of related natural objects or forces <a river system>
d :  a group of devices or artificial objects or an organization forming a network especially for distributing something or serving a common purpose <a telephone system> <a heating system> <a highway system> <a computer system>
e :  a major division of rocks usually larger than a series and including all formed during a period or era
f :  a form of social, economic, or political organization or practice <the capitalist system>
:  an organized set of doctrines, ideas, or principles usually intended to explain the arrangement or working of a systematic whole <the Newtonian system of mechanics>
a :  an organized or established procedure <the touch system of typing>
b :  a manner of classifying, symbolizing, or schematizing <a taxonomic system> <the decimal system>
:  harmonious arrangement or pattern :  order <bring system out of confusion — Ellen Glasgow>
:  an organized society or social situation regarded as stultifying or oppressive :  establishment 2 —usually used with the
sys·tem·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of SYSTEM

  1. The players like the coach's system.
  2. Under the new system, students will have to pass an exam to graduate.
  3. She devised a new filing system.
  4. We need a better system for handling incoming e-mail.

Origin of SYSTEM

Late Latin systemat-, systema, from Greek systēmat-, systēma, from synistanai to combine, from syn- + histanai to cause to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 1603

Related to SYSTEM


noun sys·tem \ˈsis-təm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SYSTEM

a :  a group of body organs or structures that together perform one or more vital functions—see circulatory system, digestive system, endocrine system, limbic system, nervous system, reproductive system, respiratory system b :  the body considered as a functional unit
:  a manner of classifying, symbolizing, or schematizing <a taxonomic system>


Next Word in the Dictionary: systematicPrevious Word in the Dictionary: systalticAll Words Near: system
May 30, 2015
metadata Hear it
data about other data
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears