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Definition of SYSTEM

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System \Sys"tem\, n. [L. systema, Gr. ?, fr. ? to place together; sy`n with + ? to place: cf. F. syst[`e]me. See {Stand}.]
     1. An assemblage of objects arranged in regular subordination, or after some distinct method, usually logical or scientific; a complete whole of objects related by some common law, principle, or end; a complete exhibition of essential principles or facts, arranged in a rational dependence or connection; a regular union of principles or parts forming one entire thing; as, a system of philosophy; a system of government; a system of divinity; a system of botany or chemistry; a military system; the solar system. [1913 Webster]

              The best way to learn any science, is to begin with a regular system, or a short and plain scheme of that science well drawn up into a narrow compass.
                                                    --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

     2. Hence, the whole scheme of created things regarded as forming one complete plan of whole; the universe. "The great system of the world." --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

     3. Regular method or order; formal arrangement; plan; as, to have a system in one's business. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Mus.) The collection of staves which form a full score. See {Score}, n. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Biol.) An assemblage of parts or organs, either in animal or plant, essential to the performance of some particular function or functions which as a rule are of greater complexity than those manifested by a single organ; as, the capillary system, the muscular system, the digestive system, etc.; hence, the whole body as a functional unity. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Zool.) One of the stellate or irregular clusters of intimately united zooids which are imbedded in, or scattered over, the surface of the common tissue of many compound ascidians. [1913 Webster]

     {Block system}, {Conservative system}, etc. See under {Block}, {Conservative}, etc. [1913 Webster] Systematic

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

system
   n.

      1. The supervisor program or OS on a computer.

      2. The entire computer system, including input/output devices, the supervisor program or OS, and possibly other software.

      3. Any large-scale program.

      4. Any method or algorithm.

      5. System hacker: one who hacks the system (in senses 1 and 2 only; for sense 3 one mentions the particular program: e.g., LISP hacker)


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

227 Moby Thesaurus words for "system":
     Anschauung, Copernican universe, Einsteinian universe, MO, Newtonian universe, Ptolemaic universe, aggregation, algorithm, all, all being, all creation, allness, anality, angle, angle of vision, apple-pie order, approach, arrangement, array, attack, basis, blueprint, blueprinting, body-build, brand, calculation, cast, character, characteristic, characteristics, charting, combination, complex, complexion, composition, conception, concord, constituents, constitution, contrivance, cosmos, course, crasis, created nature, created universe, creation, deployment, design, device, dharma, diathesis, discipline, disposal, disposition, enterprise, entity, envisagement, ethos, everything that is, expanding universe, eye, fashion, fiber, figuring, fine fettle, footing, foresight, forethought, form, formation, frame, frame of reference, framework, game, genius, good condition, good shape, good trim, grain, graphing, ground plan, group, guidelines, guise, habit, harmony, hue, humor, humors, idea, ilk, integral, integrate, intention, kind, layout, light, line, line of action, lines, lineup, long-range plan, macrocosm, macrocosmos, makeup, manner, manner of working, mapping, marshaling, master plan, means, megacosm, mental outlook, mesh, metagalaxy, method, methodicalness, methodology, mode, mode of operation, mode of procedure, modus, modus operandi, mold, nature, neatness, network, omneity, operations research, order, orderliness, organization, outlook, pattern, peace, physique, place, plan, planning, planning function, plenum, point of view, position, practice, prearrangement, procedure, proceeding, process, program, program of action, property, proportion, pulsating universe, quality, quiet, quietude, rationalization, reference system, regard, regularity, respect, routine, schedule, schema, schematism, schematization, scheme, scheme of arrangement, set, set-up, setup, side, sidereal universe, sight, situation, slant, somatotype, sort, spirit, stamp, stand, standpoint, steady-state universe, strategic plan, strategy, streak, stripe, structure, style, suchness, sum, sum of things, symmetry, systematicness, systematization, tack, tactical plan, tactics, technique, temper, temperament, tendency, tenor, the big picture, the drill, the how, the picture, the way of, tidiness, tone, totality, totality of being, tranquillity, trimness, type, uniformity, universe, vein, view, viewpoint, way, whole wide world, wide world, wise, working plan, world, world without end


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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