Definition of system
1 : a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole a number system: such asa (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 systemb (1) : a group of body organs that together perform one or more vital functions the digestive system (2) : the body considered as a functional unitc : a group of related natural objects or forces a river systemd : 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 systeme : a major division of rocks usually larger than a series and including all formed during a period or eraf : a form of social, economic, or political organization or practice the capitalist system
2 : 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
3a : an organized or established procedure the touch system of typingb : a manner of classifying, symbolizing, or schematizing a taxonomic system the decimal system
4 : harmonious arrangement or pattern : order bring system out of confusion — Ellen Glasgow
5 : an organized society or social situation regarded as stultifying or oppressive : establishment 2 —usually used with the
systemlessplay \-ləs\ adjective
Examples of system in a Sentence
The players like the coach's system.
Under the new system, students will have to pass an exam to graduate.
She devised a new filing system.
We need a better system for handling incoming e-mail.
Recent Examples of system from the Web
Both countries urgently need to attend to their crumbling institutions, most importantly their underfunded, unreformed systems of justice and education.
Zingales says today’s monopolies are yesterday’s startups, and a healthy system needs to make room for newcomers.
The Saudi legal system is notoriously opaque; the Saudi Embassy in Washington and the Center for International Communications did not respond to requests for more information.
Officials conducted air monitoring of the sanitary sewer system and determined the amounts were below explosive levels and the area was safe to residents.
Prosecutors say Vartanyan helped develop, improve, maintain and distribute Citadel, which infects computer systems and steals financial and personal identification information.
CNBC is reporting Pizza Hut is adding a new system to make predicting the time of deliveries more accurate and reliable.
All township trustees members serve on the utility board, which oversees the township's water system.
Since then, the pursuit of justice has produced a mixed bag of results for the Garner family and a black community that continues to be disappointed with the justice system.
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Synonym Discussion of system
SYSTEM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of system for English Language Learners
: 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
SYSTEM Defined for Kids
Definition of system for Students
1 : a group of parts combined to form a whole that works or moves as a unit a heating system A system of ropes and pulleys carried the baskets of stone … up to the ramparts. — Brian Jacques, Redwall
2 : a body that functions as a whole The disease weakened his entire system.
3 : a group of organs that together perform an important function in the body the nervous system
4 : an orderly way of managing, controlling, organizing, or doing something a democratic system of government Dad has a system for planting a garden.
Medical Definition of system
1a: 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 systemb: the body considered as a functional unit
2: a manner of classifying, symbolizing, or schematizing a taxonomic system
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