System meaning

sĭs'təm
The definition of a system is a set of rules, an arrangement of things, or a group of related things that work toward a common goal.

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.

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A set or arrangement of things so related or connected as to form a unity or organic whole.

A solar system, school system, system of highways.

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A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole, especially:
  • 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.
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A method or plan of classification or arrangement.
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Any of the seven divisions (cubic, tetragonal, hexagonal, rhombohedral, orthorhombic, monoclinic, and triclinic) in which all crystal forms can be placed, based on the degree of symmetry of the crystals.
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A major division of stratified rocks consisting of the rocks laid down during a geologic period.
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A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole.
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An organism or body as a whole, especially with regard to its vital processes or functions.
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A group of physiologically or anatomically complementary organs or parts.
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(1) A group of related components that interact to perform a task.
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A combination or assembly of components that forms a complex whole entity that functions as single unit, such as a computer system, PBX system, or transmission system.
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An established, orderly method or procedure for doing something.
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A collection of organized things; as in a solar system.
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Many people believed communism was a good system until the breakup of the Soviet Union.

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(music) A set of staffs that indicate instruments or sounds that are to be played simultaneously.
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(mathematics) A set of equations involving the same variables, which are to be solved simultaneously.
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A set of facts, principles, rules, etc. classified or arranged in a regular, orderly form so as to show a logical plan linking the various parts.
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Harmonious interaction or order.

A restaurant kitchen that was completely without system.

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The prevailing social order; the establishment. Used with the .

You can't beat the system.

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A related series of natural objects or elements, as cave passages, rivers, etc.
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A group of substances in or approaching equilibrium: a system with two components, phases, or variables is called binary, one with three, ternary, etc.
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get something out of one's system
  • To free oneself as from an emotional attachment to or obsession with something.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

get something out of one's system

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").
    From Wiktionary