Definition of system
1 : a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole <a number system>: 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 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 unitc : 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 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 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 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.
Origin and Etymology of system
Late Latin systemat-, systema, from Greek systēmat-, systēma, from synistanai to combine, from syn- + histanai to cause to stand — more at stand
First Known Use: 1603
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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