A solar system, school system, system of highways.
An example of a system are the laws and procedures of a democratic government.
An example of a system is the way someone organizes their closet.
An example of a system is all the organs that work together for digestion.
- An organism as a whole, especially with regard to its vital processes or functions.The animal's entire system seems to be affected by the disease.
- A group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts.The excretory system; a root system.
- A group of interacting mechanical or electrical components.The building's heating system.
- A network of structures and channels, as for communication, travel, or distribution.A highway system.
- A network of related computer software, hardware, and data transmission devices.
A restaurant kitchen that was completely without system.
You can't beat the system.
Kant's philosophical system.
The feudal system.
The taxonomic system; the metric system.
We have an efficient system for processing returned merchandise.
A cave system; a weather system.
The digestive system.
A system programmer, systems software.
- to free oneself as from an emotional attachment to or obsession with something
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Origin of system
- Late Latin systēma systēmat- from Greek sustēma from sunistanai to combine sun- syn- histanai set up, establish stā- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From late Latin systÄ“ma, from Ancient Greek σύστημα (sustÄ“ma, “organised whole, body"), from σύν (syn, “with, together") + ἵστημι (histÄ“mi, “I stand").