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(1)   Instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity
"He bought a new stereo system"
"The system consists of a motor and a small computer"
(2)   An ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized
"His compulsive organization was not an endearing quality"
"We can't do it unless we establish some system around here"
(3)   The living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole
"Exercise helped him get the alcohol out of his system"
(4)   A group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts
"The body has a system of organs for digestion"
(5)   A complex of methods or rules governing behavior
"They have to operate under a system they oppose"
"That language has a complex system for indicating gender"
(6)   An organized structure for arranging or classifying
"He changed the arrangement of the topics"
"The facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"
"He tried to understand their system of classification"
(7)   A procedure or process for obtaining an objective
"They had to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation"
(8)   A group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole
"A vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"
(9)   (physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium
"In a static system oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface"
"A system generating hydrogen peroxide"


From late , from , from + .


  1. A collection of organized things; as in a solar system.
  2. A way of organising or planning.
  3. A whole composed of relationships among the members.
  4. A set of staffs that indicate instruments or sounds that are to be played simultaneously.
  5. A set of equations involving the same variables, which are to be solved simultaneously.


Related terms

  • systematic
  • systematisation, systematization
  • systematise, systematize