- 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.
Origin of system
Synonyms for system
Related Words for systemorganization, scheme, rule, structure, arrangement, practice, process, technique, strategy, policy, operation, procedure, theory, classification, integral, setup, philosophy, combination, ideology, regularity
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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
Word Origin 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.
see all systems go; out of one's system.