1. [ noun ] a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole
Synonyms: scheme

"a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"

Related terms: group body network economy solar_system subsystem machinery social_organization syntax dragnet nonlinear_system water_system organism ecosystem judiciary shebang language_system root_system hierarchy
2. [ noun ] instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity
Synonyms: unit

"he bought a new stereo system" "the unit consists of a motor and a small computer"

Related terms: instrumentality network communication_system maze hookup audio_system ventilation production_line inertial_guidance_system lockage computer_system data_system etd control_system network selsyn solar_thermal_system scaffolding propulsion_system eds guidance_device resonator lubricating_system shipboard_system synchromesh sprinkler_system mechanical_system navigational_system electronic_network containment exhaust security_system drainage_system module infrastructure
3. [ noun ] a complex of methods or rules governing behavior
Synonyms: system_of_rules

"they have to operate under a system they oppose" "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"

Related terms: method program government theology discipline point_system accounting merit_system logic spoils_system gambling_system organon ethic honor_system frame_of_reference
4. [ noun ] a procedure or process for obtaining an objective

"they had to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation"

Related terms: plan_of_action credit_system legal_system promotion_system pricing_system
5. [ noun ] (zoology) a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts

"the body has a system of organs for digestion"

Related terms: body_part tract nervous_system respiratory_system muscular_structure central_nervous_system immune_system res peripheral_nervous_system musculoskeletal_system urinary_system vascular_system sensory_system reproductive_system skeleton integumentary_system digestive_system mps endocrine_system apparatus_urogenitalis frame venation articulatory_system
6. [ noun ] an organized structure for arranging or classifying
Synonyms: organization arrangement organisation

"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"

Related terms: structure design distribution calendar living_arrangement coordinate_system data_structure lattice genetic_map contrivance classification_system organize systematize
7. [ noun ] (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"

Related terms: substance physical_chemistry
8. [ noun ] the living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole

"exercise helped him get the alcohol out of his system"

Related terms: live_body
9. [ noun ] an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized
Synonyms: organization organisation

"his compulsive organization was not an endearing quality" "we can't do it unless we establish some system around here"

Related terms: orderliness organize systematize
Similar spelling:   systemic