architecture

noun
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.

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The computer will be built using architecture and technology from Intel. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021," 20 Mar. 2019 In 2018, the architecture and design professions also examined their own practices to achieve equity within their ranks. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How cities became more equitable in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Lawmakers on the select committee met last week over two days to discuss mental health training, school architecture and arming faculty and school staff. Sydney Greene, star-telegram, "Meet the small-town student activists emerging in Texas after the mass shooting in Santa Fe," 30 June 2018 San Jose provided the highest amount of disposable income for people working in the fields of architecture and engineering, business and financial operations, computer and mathematical, legal, and management. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Which city’s health workers boast highest disposable income? Hint: It’s a capital," 28 June 2018 Forty years after the decision, Grand Central is still a jewel of Manhattan architecture and a vibrant destination in its own right. Angela Serratore, Smithsonian, "The Preservation Battle of Grand Central," 26 June 2018 Jeff and Laura Beraznik Home history: Built in 1957, the ranch house is an example of midcentury architecture and design. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 Ghana gave my Bay Area eyes, squinting into a bright blue sky, a whole new palette, a landscape and architecture and people in clothes and rioted textures and colors. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Old In Art School," 20 June 2018 The property has a pool surrounded by gardens, the original art deco 50’s architecture and local art throughout. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Retro motels make a chic comeback," 18 June 2018

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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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architecture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of architecture

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

architecture

noun
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

architecture

noun
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 architectural (audio) \ adjective
architecturally \ -​ē How to pronounce architecturally (audio) \ adverb

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