Dictionary > English Dictionary > Definition, synonym and antonym of system
Meaning of system by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From late Latin systēma, from Ancient Greek σύστημα ( sustēma, “organised whole, body” ), from σύν ( syn, “with, together” ) + ἵστημι ( histēmi, “I stand” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈsɪstəm/
    • Hyphenation: sys‧tem


    The terms below need to be checked and allocated to the definitions ( senses ) of the headword above. Each term should appear in the sense for which it is appropriate. Use the template {{sense|"gloss"}}, substituting a short version of the definition for "gloss" .
    • apparatus, arrangement, complex, composition, logistics, machinery, organization, set up, synthesis, structure

    Related terms

    See also


Explanation of system by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity

    2. he bought a new stereo system
      the system consists of a motor and a small computer
    3. an ordered manner

    4. we can't do it unless we establish some system around here
    5. the living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole

    6. exercise helped him get the alcohol out of his system
    7. a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts

    8. the body has a system of organs for digestion
    9. a complex of methods or rules governing behavior

    10. they have to operate under a system they oppose
      that language has a complex system for indicating gender
    11. an organized structure for arranging or classifying

    12. he tried to understand their system of classification
    13. a procedure or process for obtaining an objective

    14. they had to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation
    15. a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole

    16. a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going
    17. a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium

    18. in a static system oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface
      a system generating hydrogen peroxide

    Definition of system by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. System n. [L. systema, Gr. , fr. to place together; σύν with + to place: cf. F. système. See Stand.]
      1. An assemblage of objects arranged in regular subordination, or after some distinct method, usually logical or scientific; a complete whole of objects related by some common law, principle, or end; a complete exhibition of essential principles or facts, arranged in a rational dependence or connection; a regular union of principles or parts forming one entire thing; as, “a system of philosophy; a system of government; a system of divinity; a system of botany or chemistry; a military system; the solar system.”

      The best way to learn any science, is to begin with a regular system, or a short and plain scheme of that science well drawn up into a narrow compass. I. Watts.

      2. Hence, the whole scheme of created things regarded as forming one complete plan of whole; the universe. “The great system of the world.” Boyle.

      3. Regular method or order; formal arrangement; plan; as, “to have a system in one's business”.

      4. ( Mus. ) The collection of staves which form a full score. See Score, n.

      5. ( Biol. ) An assemblage of parts or organs, either in animal or plant, essential to the performance of some particular function or functions which as a rule are of greater complexity than those manifested by a single organ; as, “the capillary system, the muscular system, the digestive system, etc.”; hence, the whole body as a functional unity.

      6. ( Zool. ) One of the stellate or irregular clusters of intimately united zooids which are imbedded in, or scattered over, the surface of the common tissue of many compound ascidians.

      Block system, Conservative system, etc. See under Block, Conservative, etc.