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Definition 1: instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where system or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(system is a kind of ...) an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end

(... is a kind of system ) complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost

(... is a kind of system ) a system of elements that interact on mechanical principles

(... is a kind of system ) a system that provides information useful in determining the position and course of a ship or aircraft

(... is a kind of system ) (electronics) a system of interconnected electronic components or circuits

(... is a kind of system ) a system of intersecting lines or channels

"a railroad network" "a network of canals"

(... is a kind of system ) a system that provides a propelling or driving force

(... is a kind of system ) any system that resonates

(... is a kind of system ) a system of scaffolds

(... is a kind of system ) (computing) a system that enforces boundaries between computer networks

(... is a kind of system ) a system consisting of a generator and a motor so connected that the motor will assume the same relative position as the generator; the generator and the motor are synchronized

(... is a kind of system ) a system designed to work as a coherent entity on board a naval ship

(... is a kind of system ) a system that converts sunlight into heat

(... is a kind of system ) a system for extinguishing fires; water from a network of overhead pipes is released through nozzles that open automatically with the rise in temperature

(... is a kind of system ) a system of electronic equipment for recording or reproducing sound

(... is a kind of system ) a system of locks in a canal or waterway

(... is a kind of system ) an automotive system for shifting gears in which the gears revolve at the same speed and so shift smoothly

(... is a kind of system ) a system for communicating

(... is a kind of system ) a system of one or more computers and associated software with common storage

(... is a kind of system ) (physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor

(... is a kind of system ) a system for controlling the operation of another system

(... is a kind of system ) system consisting of the network of all communication channels used within an organization

(... is a kind of system ) a system of watercourses or drains for carrying off excess water

(... is a kind of system ) system consisting of the parts of an engine through which burned gases or steam are discharged

(... is a kind of system ) a rapid automatic system to detect plastic explosives in passengers' luggage using X-ray technology and computers; designed for use in airports

(... is a kind of system ) a system for screening luggage in airports; an agent passes a swab around or inside luggage and then runs the swab through a machine that can detect trace amounts of explosives

(... is a kind of system ) a system of equipment for automatically guiding the path of a vehicle (especially a missile)

(... is a kind of system ) a system of components assembled together for a particular purpose

(... is a kind of system ) a system to control a plane or spacecraft; uses inertial forces

(system is a part of ...) a self-contained component (unit or item) that is used in combination with other components

(system is a part of ...) the basic structure or features of a system or organization

Definition 2: an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where system or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for system in the sense of this definition

(system is a kind of ...) the quality of appreciating method and system

Definition 3: a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts - [noun denoting body]

Samples where system or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the body has a system of organs for digestion

(system is a kind of ...) any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

(... is a kind of system ) the portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord

(... is a kind of system ) the section of the nervous system lying outside the brain and spinal cord

(... is a kind of system ) organs and tissues involved in the production and maturation of gametes and in their union and subsequent development as offspring

(... is a kind of system ) the system that includes all organs involved in reproduction and in the formation and voidance of urine

(... is a kind of system ) the system for taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide; in terrestrial animals this is accomplished by breathing

(... is a kind of system ) the body's system of sense organs

(... is a kind of system ) a system of body parts that together serve some particular purpose

(... is a kind of system ) the vessels and tissue that carry or circulate fluids such as blood or lymph or sap through the body of an animal or plant

(... is a kind of system ) the sensory and control apparatus consisting of a network of nerve cells

(... is a kind of system ) the system of muscles and tendons and ligaments and bones and joints and associated tissues that move the body and maintain its form

(... is a kind of system ) the muscular system of an organism

(... is a kind of system ) the system of joints in the body

(... is a kind of system ) the system that makes food absorbable into the body

(... is a kind of system ) the system of glands that produce endocrine secretions that help to control bodily metabolic activity

(... is a kind of system ) (zoology) the system of venous blood vessels in an animal

(... is a kind of system ) a system (including the thymus and bone marrow and lymphoid tissues) that protects the body from foreign substances and pathogenic organisms by producing the immune response

(... is a kind of system ) the skin and its appendages

(... is a kind of system ) a widely distributed system consisting of all the cells able to ingest bacteria or colloidal particles etc, except for certain white blood cells

(... is a kind of system ) a widely distributed system of free and fixed macrophages derived from bone marrow

(... is a kind of system ) the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal

Definition 4: the living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole - [noun denoting body]

Samples where system or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • exercise helped him get the alcohol out of his system

(system is a kind of ...) the body of a living animal or person

Definition 5: a complex of methods or rules governing behavior - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where system or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for system in the sense of this definition

(system is a kind of ...) a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)

(... is a kind of system ) a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings

"Jewish theology" "Roman Catholic theology"

(... is a kind of system ) the system of operations performed by a computer that underlies the machine's representation of logical operations

(... is a kind of system ) a system of beliefs and practices based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner; it claims to integrate the practical and psychological in child-centered education

(... is a kind of system ) a system of belief based on mystical insight into the nature of God and the soul

(... is a kind of system ) a system of projects or services intended to meet a public need

"he proposed an elaborate program of public works" "working mothers rely on the day care program"

(... is a kind of system ) a system of principles for philosophic or scientific investigations; an instrument for acquiring knowledge

(... is a kind of system ) the system of employing and promoting civil servants who are friends and supporters of the group in power

(... is a kind of system ) a system of evaluation based on awarding points according to rules

(... is a kind of system ) the system of employing and promoting civil servants on the basis of ability

(... is a kind of system ) a system of reasoning

(... is a kind of system ) a system of conduct in which participants are trusted not to take unfair advantage of others

"the students are on the honor system"

(... is a kind of system ) (government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed

"tyrannical government"

(... is a kind of system ) a system of rules for placing bets that is believed to lead to winning

"he has a perfect gambling system at roulette"

(... is a kind of system ) a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning

(... is a kind of system ) a system of rules of conduct or method of practice

"he quickly learned the discipline of prison routine" "for such a plan to work requires discipline"

(... is a kind of system ) a system that provides quantitative information about finances

(... is a kind of system ) a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct

Definition 6: a procedure or process for obtaining an objective - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where system or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(system is a kind of ...) a plan for actively doing something

(... is a kind of system ) a system for allowing people to purchase things on credit

(... is a kind of system ) a system for interpreting and enforcing the laws

(... is a kind of system ) a system for setting prices on goods or services

(... is a kind of system ) a system for advancing participants to higher-status positions

Definition 7: an organized structure for arranging or classifying - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where system or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for system in the sense of this definition

(system is a kind of ...) the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations

"his lectures have no structure"

(... is a kind of system ) (computer science) a rigorous and exhaustive organization of some knowledge domain that is usually hierarchical and contains all the relevant entities and their relations

(... is a kind of system ) an arrangement to allow people (or ideas) to coexist

(... is a kind of system ) an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern in 2 or 3 dimensions

(... is a kind of system ) (anthropology) the system of social relationships that constitute kinship in a particular culture, including the terminology that is used and the reciprocal obligations that are entailed

(... is a kind of system ) graphical representation of the arrangement of genes on a chromosome

(... is a kind of system ) (statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence

(... is a kind of system ) an arrangement scheme

"the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult" "it was an excellent design for living" "a plan for seating guests"

(... is a kind of system ) (computer science) the organization of data (and its storage allocations in a computer)

(... is a kind of system ) a system that uses coordinates to establish position

(... is a kind of system ) an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.

"the plot contained too many improbable contrivances to be believable"

(... is a kind of system ) a system for classifying things

(... is a kind of system ) a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year

Definition 8: a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole - [noun denoting group]

Samples where system or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for system in the sense of this definition

(system is a kind of ...) any number of entities (members) considered as a unit

(... is a kind of system ) a river and all of its tributaries

(... is a kind of system ) the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it in its gravitational field

(... is a kind of system ) an entire system; used in the phrase `the whole shebang'

(... is a kind of system ) a collection of particulars considered as a system

"a body of law" "a body of doctrine" "a body of precedents"

(... is a kind of system ) a systematic orderly arrangement

(... is a kind of system ) a system considered analogous in structure or function to a living body

"the social organism"

(... is a kind of system ) a system that is part of some larger system

(... is a kind of system ) a system whose performance cannot be described by equations of the first degree

(... is a kind of system ) an interconnected system of things or people

"he owned a network of shops" "retirement meant dropping out of a whole network of people who had been part of my life" "tangled in a web of cloth"

(... is a kind of system ) a system of means and activities whereby a social institution functions

"the complex machinery of negotiation" "the machinery of command labored and brought forth an order"

(... is a kind of system ) a system of coordinated measures for apprehending (criminals or other individuals)

"caught in the police dragnet"

(... is a kind of system ) the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships

"the social organization of England and America is very different" "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"

(... is a kind of system ) a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment

(... is a kind of system ) the system of production and distribution and consumption

(... is a kind of system ) the system of law courts that administer justice and constitute the judicial branch of government

(... is a kind of system ) a system of linguistic units or elements used in a particular language

(... is a kind of system ) a developed system of roots

(system is a part of ...) a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system

"put honesty first in her hierarchy of values"

Definition 9: (physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium - [noun denoting substance]

Samples where system or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(system is a kind of ...) that which has mass and occupies space

"physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it"

(system belongs to category ...) the branch of chemistry dealing with the physical properties of chemical substances

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