- 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.
- system building,
- system operator,
- system program,
Origin of system
Examples from the Web for 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|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Both parties are now equal opportunity offenders when it comes to gaming the system.
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|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But it is not only small airlines that reflect the laxity of the system.
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|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The foundations of the Brahmanic system remain unmoved to this day.The History of Antiquity, Volume IV (of 6)|Max Duncker
It set him thinking that it might be a prudish strain in the young man's mind, due to the System in difficulties.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete|George Meredith
The position of those who remained was regulated in a series of decrees, adverse to the system, but favourable to the inmate.Lectures on the French Revolution|John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
It may also depend upon the physical condition of the victim at the time the venom enters into the system.
Their system must have been composed of a collection of processes and receipts which grew in number as the centuries passed away.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)|Georges Perrot
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.