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[ahr-ki-tek-cher] /ˈɑr kɪˌtɛk tʃər/
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.
the character or style of building:
the architecture of Paris; Romanesque architecture.
the action or process of building; construction.
the result or product of architectural work, as a building.
buildings collectively.
a fundamental underlying design of computer hardware, software, or both.
the structure of anything:
the architecture of a novel.
Origin of architecture
1555-65; (< Middle French) < Latin architectūra. See architect, -ure Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for architecture


the art and science of designing and superintending the erection of buildings and similar structures
a style of building or structure: Gothic architecture
buildings or structures collectively
the structure or design of anything: the architecture of the universe
the internal organization of a computer's components with particular reference to the way in which data is transmitted
the arrangement of the various devices in a complete computer system or network
Derived Forms
architectural, adjective
architecturally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for architecture

1560s, from Middle French architecture, from Latin architectura, from architectus "architect" (see architect).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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architecture in Technology

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".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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