|1.||a group or combination of interrelated, interdependent, or interacting elements forming a collective entity; a methodical or coordinated assemblage of parts, facts, concepts, etc: a system of currency; the Copernican system|
|2.||any scheme of classification or arrangement: a chronological system|
|3.||a network of communications, transportation, or distribution|
|4.||a method or complex of methods: he has a perfect system at roulette|
|5.||orderliness; an ordered manner|
|6.||(often capital) the system society seen as an environment exploiting, restricting, and repressing individuals|
|7.||an organism considered as a functioning entity|
|8.||any of various bodily parts or structures that are anatomically or physiologically related: the digestive system|
|9.||one's physiological or psychological constitution: get it out of your system|
|10.||any assembly of electronic, electrical, or mechanical components with interdependent functions, usually forming a self-contained unit: a brake system|
|11.||a group of celestial bodies that are associated as a result of natural laws, esp gravitational attraction: the solar system|
|12.||chem See also phase rule a sample of matter in which there are one or more substances in one or more phases|
|13.||a point of view or doctrine used to interpret a branch of knowledge|
|14.||mineralogy Also called crystal system one of a group of divisions into which crystals may be placed on the basis of the lengths and inclinations of their axes|
|15.||geology a stratigraphical unit for the rock strata formed during a period of geological time. It can be subdivided into series|
|[C17: from French système, from Late Latin systēma, from Greek sustēma, from |
system sys·tem (sĭs'təm)
A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole.
An organism or body considered as a whole, especially with regard to its vital processes or functions.
A group of physiologically or anatomically complementary organs or parts.