system (Noun)


a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network; a complex whole

the state railway system
fluid is pushed through a system of pipes or channels

Subsenses (6)

a set of organs in the body with a common structure or function

the digestive system

the human or animal body as a whole

you need to get the cholesterol out of your system

a group of related hardware units or programs or both, especially when dedicated to a single application.

(in chronostratigraphy) a major range of strata that corresponds to a period in time, subdivided into series

the Devonian system

a group of celestial objects connected by their mutual attractive forces, especially moving in orbits about a centre

the system of bright stars known as the Gould Belt


a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done; an organized scheme or method

the public-school system
a multiparty system of government

Subsenses (3)

a set of rules used in measurement or classification

the metric system

organized planning or behaviour; orderliness

there was no system at all in the company

a method of choosing one's procedure in gambling.


the prevailing political or social order, especially when regarded as oppressive and intransigent

don't try bucking the system


(use in Music) a set of staves in a musical score joined by a brace.