Definitions of system

  1. an organized structure for arranging or classifying; " he changed the arrangement of the topics"; " the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"; " he tried to understand their system of classification"
  2. an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized; " his compulsive organization was not an endearing quality"; " we can't do it unless we establish some system around here"
  3. ( physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium; " in a static system oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface"; " a system generating hydrogen peroxide"
  4. instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity; " he bought a new stereo system"; " the unit consists of a motor and a small computer"
  5. the living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole; " exercise helped him get the alcohol out of his system"
  6. a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts; " the body has a system of organs for digestion"
  7. a complex of methods or rules governing behavior; " they have to operate under a system they oppose"; " that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
  8. a procedure or process for obtaining an objective; " they had to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation"
  9. a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; " a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"
  10. instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity; " he bought a new stereo system"; " the system consists of a motor and a small computer"
  11. 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.
  12. Hence, the whole scheme of created things regarded as forming one complete plan of whole; the universe.
  13. Regular method or order; formal arrangement; plan; as, to have a system in one's business.
  14. The collection of staves which form a full score. See Score, n.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Orderly combination of parts into a whole; a group of objects forming a natural whole and arranged or acting according to some common law; as, the solar system; orderly collection of rules and principles; as, a system of laws; orderly grouping of facts and objects; as, a system of filing; regular method of transacting business; orderliness.
  18. A consistent and complex whole made up of correlated and semi- independent parts. Specifically: 1. The entire organism. 2. Any complex of structures anatomically related, as the vascular system. 3. Any complex of structures functionally related, as the digestive system. 4. In zoology and botany a method of classification, as the Linnean system. 5. A scheme of medical theory, as the Brunonian system. 6. An encyclopedic treatise on medicine or any of its branches, the work of several authors, arranged systematically according to subjects. 7. A progressive course of instruction, arranged according to a definite plan.
  19. Arrangement in regular order of the parts of the body. See Economy.
  20. Anything formed of parts placed together: an assemblage of bodies as a connected whole: an orderly arrangement of objects according to some common law or end: regular method or order: a full and connected view of some department of knowledge: the universe.
  21. Ordered assemblage of bodies or parts; regular method.
  22. Orderly arrangement, as of parts or elements, into a whole; any orderly classification.
  23. A whole as made up of parts, as the human body.
  24. Orderliness; method.
  25. An assemblage of things adjusted into a regular whole; a connected body of principles in science or art; a regular method or order; an arranged scheme.
  26. An assemblage of things arranged in regular order; a plan or scheme in which many things or parts are reduced to regular order and dependence; regular method or order.

Usage examples for system

  1. Kant's system is not at one with itself at this point. – Edward Caldwell Moore Outline of the History of Christian Thought Since Kant by Edward Moore
  2. He had a system of education for his son. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. I would not by any means be understood to say that the former system either could or ought to have continued. – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  4. What system do you mean? – The Green Carnation by Robert Smythe Hichens
  5. Whether the English system or any other may be the best is not now the question. – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  6. L. Yes; on Violet's system of triplicities. – The Ethics of the Dust by John Ruskin
  7. I want to set about the land system in this country. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  8. The system being what it is, you did the best you could, no doubt." – The Squire's Daughter by Silas K(itto) Hocking
  9. I know the entire system perfectly. – The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  10. But with the new system... – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  11. In principiis he is not yet fixed, and is still only endeavouring after a sure system. – The Youth of Goethe by Peter Hume Brown
  12. She did it very much on the taking- for- granted system. – A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life. by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  13. Now, get that out of your system, Edwards. – Left End Edwards by Ralph Henry Barbour
  14. The earth cannot be called a perfectly rigid body; still less can the larger bodies of our system be called rigid. – The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball
  15. Wanted them to know he was into their system. – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  16. He thought, I own the system. – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  17. I got a touch of their system. – A Woman's Experience in the Great War by Louise Mack
  18. Under this system, I rarely lose plants, and usually find that double growth is made compared with those set late in spring. – Success With Small Fruits by E. P. Roe
  19. You'll remember what Flett said about our system of justice sometimes breaking down. – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  20. When you get the right system you can't lose, and that's the difference between it and a hunch. – Smoke Bellew by Jack London