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

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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 Lam’s comments echo language from China’s Communist Party leaders, who say Hong Kong’s unique system is predicated on respect for Chinese sovereignty over the territory. Washington Post, "Hong Kong leader says special status can endure beyond 2047," 16 Jan. 2020 The importance of business reputations explains why the industry has been able to sustain a pre-modern, pre-legal system. Barak Richman, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Manhattan’s Diamond District Continues To Operate Like an Old World Bazaar," 16 Jan. 2020 And, unlike many gaming systems, smartphones are portable. Jean Twenge, The Conversation, "Why teen depression rates are rising faster for girls than boys," 16 Jan. 2020 Fields are newly built or significantly renovated, with improvements such as irrigation systems, lights, bleachers, scoreboards, goal posts and turf. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Harrison getting new turf fields courtesy of Bengals, NFL Grassroots Program," 16 Jan. 2020 That better way is already the goal of a sweeping plan by the mayor and members of the Board of Supervisors, called Mental Health SF, to overhaul the city’s behavioral health care system. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "‘We’re forced to turn to the police:’ SF advocates, police commissioners want fewer officers responding to homeless," 15 Jan. 2020 In this case, much of the technology was put in place to accommodate the instant replay system, which is supposed to help teams challenge blatantly wrong calls. Dallas News, "MLB has two choices: Change rules regarding technology, or remove the temptation of cheating," 15 Jan. 2020 So far the British monarchy, one of the last vestiges of the country’s feudal system, has proved a splendid refutation of Marxism. The Economist, "Bagehot Harry, Meghan and Marx," 14 Jan. 2020 Albrecht wrote, in her ruling posted Friday to the court’s electronic filing system. oregonlive, "Judge says Jeremy Christian can’t tour MAX train car with jurors because of death threats against him," 13 Jan. 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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20 Jan 2020

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“System.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/systems. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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system

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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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