ar·​chi·​tec·​ture | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio) \

Definition of architecture

1 : the art or science of building specifically : the art or practice of designing and building structures and especially habitable ones
2a : formation or construction resulting from or as if from a conscious act the architecture of the garden
b : a unifying or coherent form or structure a novel that lacks architecture
3 : architectural product or work buildings that comprise the architecture of the square
4 : a method or style of building Gothic architecture
5 : the manner in which the components of a computer or computer system are organized and integrated different program architectures

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Examples of architecture in a Sentence

In college, he studied architecture. The architecture of the building is modern.
Recent Examples on the Web Today, deep learning frameworks like PyTorch and TensorFlow have made cutting-edge advances in model architecture accessible to the tech community. Davit Buniatyan, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Its detailed molecular architecture reflects, in a highly organized and lawful manner, its function. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 6 Oct. 2021 This process has evolved since Rico devoted himself to art full-time almost 20 years ago, shortly after graduating from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Guadalajara with a degree in architecture. Seth Combs Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2021 Andrea, then 28, had been an art teacher in Mexico with a degree in architecture. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 21 Sep. 2021 Initially studying engineering at the University of Washington, Mr. Brannen interrupted his studies to join the Army Reserves, and returned to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in architecture., 11 Sep. 2021 He's never done drugs, eats a mostly vegan diet, and holds a degree in architecture. Jonas Shaffer,, 9 Aug. 2021 The structure grew over time to 4,000 square feet, thanks to Ford's interest in architecture. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Aug. 2021 For Bin Jiang, an associate professor in landscape architecture at the University of Hong Kong, financial considerations were also a key factor for the shift in policy. NBC News, 1 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of architecture

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for architecture

see architect

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The first known use of architecture was in 1555

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“Architecture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of architecture

: the art or science of designing and creating buildings
: a method or style of building
: the way in which the parts of a computer are organized


ar·​chi·​tec·​ture | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio) \

Kids Definition of architecture

1 : the art of designing buildings studying architecture
2 : a style of building a church of modern architecture

Other Words from architecture

architectural adjective
architecturally adverb an architecturally innovative building


ar·​chi·​tec·​ture | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər How to pronounce architecture (audio) \

Medical Definition of architecture

: the basic structural form especially of a bodily part or of a large molecule the architecture and function of the cerebral cortex the complex molecular architecture of muscle cells— Carolyn Cohen

Other Words from architecture

architectural \ ˌär-​kə-​ˈtek-​chə-​rəl, -​ˈtek-​shrəl How to pronounce architecture (audio) \ adjective
architecturally \ -​ē How to pronounce architecture (audio) \ adverb

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