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

Other Words from system

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

Synonyms for system

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Last week, the rail system averaged 270,000 daily trips on weekdays, or 43 percent of trips taken in January 2020, two months before the pandemic began. Justin George, Washington Post, 27 June 2022 The nation’s eurobonds have traded at distressed levels since the start of March, the central bank’s foreign reserves remain frozen, and the biggest banks are severed from the global financial system. Giulia Morpurgo, Fortune, 27 June 2022 Elsewhere, Washington was expected to announce the purchase of an advanced surface-to-air missile system for Ukraine. Yuras Karmanau, BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2022 If the system doesn't include data integration, that customer still might be granted access. Joe Oprosko, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Eventually, the phone lines became so overloaded that the building’s system crashed. Bracey Harris, NBC News, 27 June 2022 But the current system clearly isn’t working, Shanklin said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2022 Boeing and some independent safety experts argue that the existing system has been proved safe over decades of use in the 737 family. New York Times, 27 June 2022 Ukrainian power companies have in recent weeks launched a rapid overhaul so the country’s generators can dispatch electricity without destabilizing the European power system. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 26 June 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/system. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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