architecture

[ahr-ki-tek-cher]
noun
1.
the profession of designing buildings, open areas, communities, and other artificial constructions and environments, usually with some regard to aesthetic effect. Architecture often includes design or selection of furnishings and decorations, supervision of construction work, and the examination, restoration, or remodeling of existing buildings.
2.
the character or style of building: the architecture of Paris; Romanesque architecture.
3.
the action or process of building; construction.
4.
the result or product of architectural work, as a building.
5.
buildings collectively.
6.
a fundamental underlying design of computer hardware, software, or both.
7.
the structure of anything: the architecture of a novel.

Origin:
1555–65; (< Middle French) < Latin architectūra. See architect, -ure

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architecture (ˈɑːkɪˌtɛktʃə)
 
n
1.  the art and science of designing and superintending the erection of buildings and similar structures
2.  a style of building or structure: Gothic architecture
3.  buildings or structures collectively
4.  the structure or design of anything: the architecture of the universe
5.  the internal organization of a computer's components with particular reference to the way in which data is transmitted
6.  the arrangement of the various devices in a complete computer system or network
 
archi'tectural
 
adj
 
archi'tecturally
 
adv

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architecture
1560s, from Fr. architecture, from L. architectura, from architectus (see architect).
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architecture definition

architecture
Design, the way components fit together. The term is used particularly of processors, both individual and in general. "The ARM has a really clean architecture". It may also be used of any complex system, e.g. "software architecture", "network architecture".
(1995-05-02)

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There is no room for the medium-size exhibitions that were a staple of the
  architecture and design department in its heyday.
Modern architecture has also cut off interiors of homes and buildings to the
  outside world.
Now the stunning square is before you, ringed by historic buildings and amazing
  architecture.
The design spans-and expands on-a century of modern architecture.
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