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English noun: system

1. system (artifact) instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity

SamplesHe bought a new stereo system.
The system consists of a motor and a small computer.

Broader (hypernym)instrumentality, instrumentation

Narrower (hyponym)ADP system, ADPS, assemblage, audio system, automatic data processing system, communication system, computer system, computing system, containment, control system, data system, drainage system, EDS, electronic network, ETD, exhaust, exhaust system, explosive detection system, explosive trace detection, guidance device, guidance system, hookup, inertial guidance system, inertial navigation system, information system, labyrinth, lockage, maze, mechanical system, navigational system, network, network, propulsion system, resonator, scaffolding, security system, selsyn, shipboard system, solar thermal system, sound system, sprinkler system, staging, synchro, synchromesh

Part holonyminfrastructure, module, substructure

2. system (group) a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole

SamplesA vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going.


Broader (hypernym)group, grouping

Narrower (hyponym)body, dragnet, economic system, economy, ecosystem, judicatory, judicature, judicial system, judiciary, language system, machinery, network, nonlinear system, organism, root system, rootage, shebang, social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, solar system, structure, subsystem, syntax, water system, web

Part holonymhierarchy

3. system (substance) (physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium

SamplesIn a static system oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface.
A system generating hydrogen peroxide.

Broader (hypernym)matter

Domain categoryphysical chemistry

4. system (cognition) a complex of methods or rules governing behavior

SamplesThey have to operate under a system they oppose.
That language has a complex system for indicating gender.

Synonymssystem of rules

Broader (hypernym)method

Narrower (hyponym)accounting, anthroposophy, discipline, ethic, ethical code, frame, frame of reference, gambling system, government, honor system, logic, logic, logical system, merit system, organon, point system, program, programme, spoils system, system of logic, theological system, theology, theosophy

5. system (cognition) an organized structure for arranging or classifying

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymsarrangement, organisation, organization

Broader (hypernym)structure

Narrower (hyponym)calendar, classification system, contrivance, coordinate system, data structure, design, distribution, frame of reference, genetic map, kinship system, lattice, living arrangement, ontology, plan, reference frame, reference system, statistical distribution

6. system (body) a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts

SamplesThe body has a system of organs for digestion.

Broader (hypernym)body part

Narrower (hyponym)apparatus urogenitalis, articulatory system, central nervous system, CNS, digestive system, endocrine system, frame, gastrointestinal system, genital system, genitourinary apparatus, genitourinary system, immune system, integumentary system, mononuclear phagocyte system, MPS, muscle system, muscular structure, musculature, musculoskeletal system, nervous system, peripheral nervous system, reproductive system, RES, respiratory system, reticuloendothelial system, sensory system, skeletal system, skeleton, system of macrophages, systema alimentarium, systema digestorium, systema nervosum, systema nervosum centrale, systema nervosum periphericum, systema respiratorium, systema skeletale, systema urogenitale, tract, urinary apparatus, urinary system, urogenital apparatus, urogenital system, vascular system, venation, venous blood system

7. system (cognition) a procedure or process for obtaining an objective

SamplesThey had to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation.

Broader (hypernym)plan of action

Narrower (hyponym)credit system, legal system, pricing system, promotion system

8. system (body) the living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole

SamplesExercise helped him get the alcohol out of his system.

Broader (hypernym)live body

9. system (attribute) an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized

SamplesHis compulsive organization was not an endearing quality.
We can't do it unless we establish some system around here.

Synonymsorganisation, organization

Broader (hypernym)methodicalness, orderliness

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