1. system (noun)
instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity.
communication system noun
a system for communicating.
(physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor.
control system noun
a system for controlling the operation of another system.
drainage system noun
a system of watercourses or drains for carrying off excess water.
ETD, explosive trace detection noun
a system for screening luggage in airports; an agent passes a swab around or inside luggage and then runs the swab through a machine that can detect trace amounts of explosives.
a system of locks in a canal or waterway.
mechanical system noun
a system of elements that interact on mechanical principles.
navigational system noun
a system that provides information useful in determining the position and course of a ship or aircraft.
a system of intersecting lines or channels.
propulsion system noun
a system that provides a propelling or driving force.
any system that resonates.
security system noun
(computing) a system that enforces boundaries between computer networks.
shipboard system noun
a system designed to work as a coherent entity on board a naval ship.
solar thermal system noun
a system that converts sunlight into heat.
sprinkler system noun
a system for extinguishing fires; water from a network of overhead pipes is released through nozzles that open automatically with the rise in temperature.
an automotive system for shifting gears in which the gears revolve at the same speed and so shift smoothly.
2. system, scheme (noun)
a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole.
language system noun
a system of linguistic units or elements used in a particular language.
a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment.
a system of coordinated measures for apprehending (criminals or other individuals).
a system of means and activities whereby a social institution functions.
nonlinear system noun
a system whose performance cannot be described by equations of the first degree.
a system that is part of some larger system.
a system considered analogous in structure or function to a living body.
a systematic orderly arrangement.
a collection of particulars considered as a system.
an entire system; used in the phrase `the whole shebang'.
solar system noun
the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it in its gravitational field.
water system noun
a river and all of its tributaries.
3. system (noun)
(physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium.
that which has mass and occupies space.
4. system of rules, system (noun)
a complex of methods or rules governing behavior.
a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps).
a system that provides quantitative information about finances.
a system of rules of conduct or method of practice.
gambling system noun
a system of rules for placing bets that is believed to lead to winning.
(government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed.
honor system noun
a system of conduct in which participants are trusted not to take unfair advantage of others.
merit system noun
the system of employing and promoting civil servants on the basis of ability.
point system noun
a system of evaluation based on awarding points according to rules.
spoils system noun
the system of employing and promoting civil servants who are friends and supporters of the group in power.
a system of principles for philosophic or scientific investigations; an instrument for acquiring knowledge.
a system of belief based on mystical insight into the nature of God and the soul.
a system of beliefs and practices based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner; it claims to integrate the practical and psychological in child-centered education.
the system of operations performed by a computer that underlies the machine's representation of logical operations.
5. organization, arrangement, organisation, system (noun)
an organized structure for arranging or classifying.
the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations.
classification system noun
a system for classifying things.
an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc..
data structure noun
(computer science) the organization of data (and its storage allocations in a computer).
genetic map noun
graphical representation of the arrangement of genes on a chromosome.
kinship system noun
(anthropology) the system of social relationships that constitute kinship in a particular culture, including the terminology that is used and the reciprocal obligations that are entailed.
an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern in 2 or 3 dimensions.
living arrangement noun
an arrangement to allow people (or ideas) to coexist.
(computer science) a rigorous and exhaustive organization of some knowledge domain that is usually hierarchical and contains all the relevant entities and their relations.
a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year.
6. system (noun)
a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts.
body part noun
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity.
articulatory system noun
the system of joints in the body.
endocrine system noun
the system of glands that produce endocrine secretions that help to control bodily metabolic activity.
immune system noun
a system (including the thymus and bone marrow and lymphoid tissues) that protects the body from foreign substances and pathogenic organisms by producing the immune response.
integumentary system noun
the skin and its appendages.
musculoskeletal system noun
the system of muscles and tendons and ligaments and bones and joints and associated tissues that move the body and maintain its form.
apparatus urogenitalis, genitourinary apparatus, genitourinary system, systema urogenitale, urinary apparatus, urinary system, urogenital apparatus, urogenital system noun
the system that includes all organs involved in reproduction and in the formation and voidance of urine.
sensory system noun
the body's system of sense organs.
a system of body parts that together serve some particular purpose.
vascular system noun
the vessels and tissue that carry or circulate fluids such as blood or lymph or sap through the body of an animal or plant.
7. system (noun)
a procedure or process for obtaining an objective.
plan of action noun
a plan for actively doing something.
8. system (noun)
the living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole.
live body noun
the body of a living animal or person.
9. organisation, organization, system (noun)
an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized.
system administrator (noun)
a person in charge of managing and maintaining a computer system of telecommunication system (as for a business or institution)
system call (noun)
an instruction that interrupts the program being executed and passes control to the supervisor
system clock (noun)
a time-of-day clock in a computer system
system command (noun)
a computer user's instruction (not part of a program) that calls for action by the computer's executive program
system error (noun)
an instruction that is either not recognized by an operating system or is in violation of the procedural rules
system of logic (noun)
a system of reasoning
system of macrophages (noun)
a widely distributed system of free and fixed macrophages derived from bone marrow
system of measurement (noun)
a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
system of numeration (noun)
any notation for the representation of numbers
system of rules (noun)
a complex of methods or rules governing behavior
system of weights (noun)
a system of units used to express the weight of something
system of weights and measures (noun)
system of measurement for length and weight and duration
system program (noun)
a program (as an operating system or compiler or utility program) that controls some aspect of the operation of a computer
systema alimentarium (noun)
the system that makes food absorbable into the body
systema digestorium (noun)
the system that makes food absorbable into the body