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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web One man attempted to smuggle mummy remains in a speaker system from Egypt to a Facebook buyer in Belgium. Jenna Scatena, The Atlantic, "The Looting Network," 31 July 2020 Voters were able to cast their ballots once the network connection was restored but a backup system would have allowed voting to continue in the event of a prolonged outage, Gilbertson said. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "Voting in Arizona primary outpaces 2018 and 2016; observers watch for signs of what's to come in November," 31 July 2020 For those without a ventilation system, Balmes recommends a portable HEPA filter air purifier certified by the California Air Resources Board, which can range in cost from $200 to $1,000. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "COVID-19 and wildfire smoke: A dangerous combo coming for Californians," 31 July 2020 Helping Women, like many such agencies in the United States, uses the Danger Assessment tool, a system of identifying particular domestic violence – non-fatal strangulation, for example – that can lead to femicide, the killing of a woman. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "Pandemic side effect: Domestic violence spikes, grows more deadly," 31 July 2020 Analysts have pointed out, too, that the Hong Kong government could have delayed the vote by a shorter period of several months, and put in place a system such as postal or electronic voting. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Hong Kong leader postpones elections, further eroding political freedoms," 31 July 2020 The visit was intended to improve Bolsonaro´s political relations with regional authorities, and to inaugurate a water system in Campo Alegre de Lourdes, a small town in the northeast state of Bahia, a region known for severe droughts. Rodrigo Pedroso And Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Brazilian President Bolsonaro says he has 'mold' in his lungs after Covid-19 infection," 31 July 2020 Faster melting tends to become a self-reinforcing system in the Arctic. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "With Fires, Heat and a Cyclone, Arctic Breaks Melting Record," 31 July 2020 Beech Grove Schools, a small community school system within Marion County, also choose to start as planned on Thursday. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "'Can't sacrifice lives': Indianapolis-area schools start virtually with joy, hiccups," 31 July 2020

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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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The first known use of system was circa 1638

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“System.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/system. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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system

noun
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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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