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Noun: system  sis-tum
  1. A group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole
    "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going";
    - scheme
  2. 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"
  3. A complex of methods or rules governing behaviour
    "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"; "they have to operate under a system they oppose";
    - system of rules
  4. An organized structure for arranging or classifying
    "he tried to understand their system of classification";
    - arrangement, organization, organisation [Brit]
  5. A group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts
    "the body has a system of organs for digestion"
  6. A procedure or process for obtaining an objective
    "they had to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation"
  7. (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"
  8. The living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole
    "exercise helped him get the alcohol out of his system"
  9. An ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized
    "we can't do it unless we establish some system around here";
    - organization, organisation [Brit]
  10. (music) a set of staves that indicate instruments or sounds that are to be played simultaneously

Derived forms: systems

Type of: body part, group, grouping, instrumentality, instrumentation, live body, matter, method, methodicalness, orderliness, plan of action, structure

Encyclopedia: System, solar