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  1. sys·tem
  2. noun

    • 1. a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network:

      the state railroad system fluid is pushed through a system of pipes or channels
    • 2. a set of organs in the body with a common structure or function:

      the digestive system
    • 3. the human or animal body as a whole:

      you need to get the cholesterol out of your system
    • 4. a group of related hardware units or programs or both, especially when dedicated to a single application.

    • 5. (in chronostratigraphy) a major range of strata that corresponds to a period in time, subdivided into series:

      the Devonian system
    • 6. a group of celestial objects connected by their mutual attractive forces, especially moving in orbits about a center:

      the system of bright stars known as the Gould Belt
    • 7. short for crystal system

    • 8. a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done; an organized framework or method:

      a multiparty system of government the public school system
      Synonym : method, methodology, technique, process, procedure, approach, practice, line, line of action, line of attack, attack, means, way, manner, mode, framework, modus operandi, scheme, plan, policy, program, regimen, set of principles, set of procedures, set of guidelines, formula, routine, tactic, tack
    • 9. a set of rules used in measurement or classification:

      the metric system
    • 10. orderliness; method:

      there was no system at all in the company
      Synonym : methodicalness, orderliness, systematization, planning, logic, routine
    • 11. a method of choosing one's procedure in gambling.

    • 12. the prevailing political or social order, especially when regarded as oppressive and intransigent:

      don't try bucking the system
      Synonym : the establishment, the authorities, the powers that be, the ruling class, the regime, bureaucracy, officialdom, the status quo, the prevailing political/social order, the regimen
    • 13. a set of staves in a musical score joined by a brace.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: system, plural noun: systems

    • noun

      a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network; a complex whole:

      a set of organs in the body with a common structure or function:

    • noun

      a system in which information can be expressed by combinations of the digits 0 and 1.

      a system consisting of two parts:

    • noun

      a system in which the components and protocols conform to standards independent of a particular supplier.

      a material system in which mass or energy can be lost to or gained from the environment.

    • noun

      a large number of stars with a perceptible structure; a galaxy.

      the practice of promoting or otherwise favoring individuals who have become famous and popular, in particular in the motion-picture industry.

    • noun

      the system of blood vessels consisting of the portal vein with its tributaries and branches.

      any system of blood vessels which has a capillary network at each end.

    • noun

      a cooperative arrangement whereby individuals are paired or teamed up and assume responsibility for one another's instruction, productivity, welfare, or safety.
    • noun

      each of seven categories of crystals (cubic, tetragonal, orthorhombic, trigonal, hexagonal, monoclinic, and triclinic) classified according to the possible relations of the crystal axes.
    • noun

      the software that supports a computer's basic functions, such as scheduling tasks, executing applications, and controlling peripherals.
    • noun

      the practice of a successful political party giving public office to its supporters.
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