- an assemblage or combination of things or parts forming a complex or unitary whole: a mountain system; a railroad system.
- any assemblage or set of correlated members: a system of currency; a system of shorthand characters.
- an ordered and comprehensive assemblage of facts, principles, doctrines, or the like in a particular field of knowledge or thought: a system of philosophy.
- a coordinated body of methods or a scheme or plan of procedure; organizational scheme: a system of government.
- any formulated, regular, or special method or plan of procedure: a system of marking, numbering, or measuring; a winning system at bridge.
- due method or orderly manner of arrangement or procedure: There is no system in his work.
- the world or universe.
- a number of heavenly bodies associated and acting together according to certain natural laws: the solar system.
- a hypothesis or theory of the disposition and arrangements of the heavenly bodies by which their phenomena, motions, changes, etc., are explained: the Ptolemaic system; the Copernican system.
- an assemblage of organs or related tissues concerned with the same function: the nervous system; the digestive system.
- the entire human or animal body considered as a functioning unit: an ingredient toxic to the system.
- one's psychological makeup, especially with reference to desires or preoccupations: to get something out of one's system.
- a method or scheme of classification: the Linnean system of plants.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) the prevailing structure or organization of society, business, or politics or of society in general; establishment (usually preceded by the): to work within the system instead of trying to change it.
- Geology. a major division of rocks comprising sedimentary deposits and igneous masses formed during a single geologic period.
- Physical Chemistry. a combination of two or more phases, as a binary system, each of which consists of one or more substances, that is attaining or is in equilibrium.
- Computers. a working combination of hardware, software, and data communications devices.
- Checkers. either of the two groups of 16 playing squares on four alternate columns.
Origin of system
Synonyms for systemSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for systemorganization, scheme, rule, structure, arrangement, practice, process, technique, strategy, policy, operation, procedure, theory, classification, integral, setup, philosophy, combination, ideology, regularity
Examples from the Web for system
Contemporary Examples of system
There were no deaths on scheduled commercial aviation flights in 2014, in a system that operates 68,000 flights a day.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
Both parties are now equal opportunity offenders when it comes to gaming the system.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
I think what we want and what we need is to be part of the system, and change it for the betterment of our people.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America
January 4, 2015
In addition, foreign films were limited by a system of licensure to a third of the number of domestic films.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
But it is not only small airlines that reflect the laxity of the system.Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes?
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of system
But you can last longer if you jest keep the system in mind a little.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They possessed a system of writing of their own which they thought vastly superior.
This system, once invented, was developed during thousands of years.
That system has never failed us, but, for a time, we failed the system.
It was charged that the system of education at Eton failed in every point.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- a group or combination of interrelated, interdependent, or interacting elements forming a collective entity; a methodical or coordinated assemblage of parts, facts, concepts, etca system of currency; the Copernican system
- any scheme of classification or arrangementa chronological system
- a network of communications, transportation, or distribution
- a method or complex of methodshe has a perfect system at roulette
- orderliness; an ordered manner
- the system (often capital) society seen as an environment exploiting, restricting, and repressing individuals
- an organism considered as a functioning entity
- any of various bodily parts or structures that are anatomically or physiologically relatedthe digestive system
- one's physiological or psychological constitutionget it out of your system
- any assembly of electronic, electrical, or mechanical components with interdependent functions, usually forming a self-contained unita brake system
- a group of celestial bodies that are associated as a result of natural laws, esp gravitational attractionthe solar system
- chem a sample of matter in which there are one or more substances in one or more phasesSee also phase rule
- a point of view or doctrine used to interpret a branch of knowledge
- mineralogy one of a group of divisions into which crystals may be placed on the basis of the lengths and inclinations of their axesAlso called: crystal system
- geology a stratigraphical unit for the rock strata formed during a period of geological time. It can be subdivided into series
Word Origin for system
Word Origin and History for system
1610s, "the whole creation, the universe," from Late Latin systema "an arrangement, system," from Greek systema "organized whole, body," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + root of histanai "cause to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Meaning "set of correlated principles, facts, ideas, etc." first recorded 1630s. Meaning "animal body as an organized whole, sum of the vital processes in an organism" is recorded from 1680s; hence figurative phrase to get (something) out of one's system (1900). Computer sense of "group of related programs" is recorded from 1963. All systems go (1962) is from U.S. space program.
- A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole.
- An organism or body considered as a whole, especially with regard to its vital processes or functions.
- A group of physiologically or anatomically complementary organs or parts.
Idioms and Phrases with system
see all systems go; out of one's system.