system

noun
sys·​tem | \ ˈsi-stəm How to pronounce system (audio) \

Definition of system

1 : a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole a number system : such 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
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 typing
b : 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 sense 2 usually used with the

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Other Words from system

systemless \ ˈsi-​stəm-​ləs How to pronounce systemless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for system

Synonyms

complex, network

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method, mode, manner, way, fashion, system mean the means taken or procedure followed in achieving an end. method implies an orderly logical arrangement usually in steps. effective teaching methods mode implies an order or course followed by custom, tradition, or personal preference. the preferred mode of transportation manner is close to mode but may imply a procedure or method that is individual or distinctive. an odd manner of conducting way is very general and may be used for any of the preceding words. has her own way of doing things fashion may suggest a peculiar or characteristic way of doing something. rushing about in his typical fashion system suggests a fully developed or carefully formulated method often emphasizing rational orderliness. a filing system

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.
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Norsk Hydro’s cybersecurity analysts found six strains of the LockerGoga virus in their systems, said Jo De Vliegher, chief information officer, in an interview. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, "Norsk Hydro Repairs Systems and Investigates After Ransomware Attack," 9 Apr. 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some helpful tips for how to check if this is true for your local public water system. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Sparkling Water Bad for You in Some Way?," 5 Apr. 2019 The bloc’s 28 nations have some two years to incorporate it into their legal systems. Monika Scislowska, The Seattle Times, "Leaders hint Poland will not fully apply EU copyright law," 1 Apr. 2019 What kind of results will a supersized skin-care system bestow? Cotton Codinha, Allure, "In the Pursuit of Happiness, I Tried a Longer Skin-Care Routine," 25 Mar. 2019 The dream was an elevated rail system to bypass what has been some of the country’s worst traffic, whisking commuters from the farmland and swelling suburbs of West Oahu into the heart of Honolulu. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "How a Train Through Paradise Turned Into a $9 Billion Debacle," 22 Mar. 2019 Jetson supports Linux4Tegra, an operating system derived from Ubuntu 18.04. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit brings GPU-supercharged AI smarts to maker projects," 18 Mar. 2019 And in recent years, tickets have been free and available via an online lottery system. Jillian Mackenzie, Town & Country, "A Brief History of the White House Easter Egg Roll," 28 Feb. 2019 Lesser known than other systems in the body (like cardiovascular or respiratory), the ECS is critical for eating, sleeping, relaxing, and protecting our bodies from harm. Kaitlyn Pirie, Woman's Day, "What Is CBD, and Why Is Everybody Talking About It?," 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of system

circa 1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for system

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

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system

noun

English Language Learners Definition of system

: 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

noun
sys·​tem | \ ˈsi-stəm How to pronounce system (audio) \

Kids Definition of system

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.

system

noun
sys·​tem | \ ˈsis-təm How to pronounce system (audio) \

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 system
b : the body considered as a functional unit
2 : a manner of classifying, symbolizing, or schematizing a taxonomic system

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