system (plural systems)
- A collection of organized things; a whole composed of relationships among its members.
- There are eight planets in the solar system.
2013 May–June, Charles T. Ambrose, “Alzheimer’s Disease”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 200:
- Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems—surgical foam, a thermal gel depot, a microcapsule or biodegradable polymer beads.
- (mathematics) A set of equations involving the same variables, which are to be solved simultaneously.
- (medicine) The body organs that contribute to a vegetative function.
- (music) A set of staffs that indicate instruments or sounds that are to be played simultaneously.
- (computing) The set of hardware and software operating in a computer.
- A method or way of organizing or planning.
- Many people believed communism was a good system until the breakup of the Soviet Union.
- As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
2012 March–April, John T. Jost, “Social justice: Is it in our nature (and our future)?”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 162:
- He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record. With this biological framework in place, Corning endeavors to show that the capitalist system as currently practiced in the United States and elsewhere is manifestly unfair.
- (derogatory, with "the") The mainstream culture, controlled by the elites or government of a state, or a combination of them, seen as oppressive to the individual.
1986, Madonna; Stephen Bray; Patrick Leonard (lyrics and music), “Where's the Party”, in True Blue, performed by Madonna:
- Don't want to grow old too fast / Don't want to let the system get me down / I've got to find a way to make the good times last / And if you'll show me how, I'm ready now
- In attributive use, especially relating to computer systems, the plural is more common than the singular; one normally speaks of a systems engineer and not a system engineer.
Terms derived from system
collection of organized things; whole composed of relationships among its members
- Albanian: sistem (sq)
- Arabic: نِظَام (ar) m (niẓām), جِهَاز m (jihāz) (anatomy)
- Egyptian Arabic: نظام m (neẓaam), سيستم m (sestem)
- Armenian: համակարգ (hy) (hamakarg)
- Asturian: sistema m
- Azeri: sistem (az)
- Belarusian: сістэма f (sistéma)
- Bulgarian: система (bg) f (sistema)
- Catalan: sistema (ca) m
- Cantonese: 系統, 系统 (hai6 tung2), 體系, 体系 (tai2 hai6)
- Mandarin: 系統 (zh), 系统 (zh) (xìtǒng), 制度 (zh) (zhìdù), 體系 (zh), 体系 (zh) (tǐxì)
- Czech: systém (cs) m, soustava (cs) f
- Danish: system (da) n
- Dutch: systeem (nl) n, stelsel (nl) n
- Esperanto: sistemo
- Estonian: menetlus, süsteem (et)
- Finnish: järjestelmä (fi), systeemi (fi); elimistö (fi) (figurative)
- French: système (fr) m
- Galician: sistema (gl) m
- Georgian: სისტემა (sisṭema)
- German: System (de) n (1,2,3), Ordnung (de) f (2)
- Greek: σύστημα (el) n (sýstima)
- Hebrew: שִׁיטָה (he) f (šīta)
- Hindi: रीति (hi) ? (rīti), क्रम (hi) ? (krama), सारणी (hi) ? (sāraṇī)
- Hungarian: rendszer (hu), szisztéma (hu)
- Icelandic: kerfi (is) n
- Ido: sistemo (io)
- Indonesian: sistem (id)
- Interlingua: systema
- Irish: córas m
- Italian: sistema (it) m
- Japanese: 系統 (ja) (けいとう, keitō), 系 (ja) (けい, kei), 制度 (ja) (せいど, seido)
- Kazakh: жүйе (jüye)
- Khmer: ប្រព័ន្ធ (km) (bro poan)
- Korean: 체계 (ko) (chegye), 제도 (ko) (jedo)
(mathematics) set of equations to be solved simultaneously
(medicine) body organs contributing to a vegetative function
(music) set of staffs indicating simultaneity
system n (definite singular systemet, indefinite plural system, definite plural systema)
system m inan
declension of system
- a system, a way or method of organizing items and knowledge
- a computer system (primarily its hardware)
- a system of restricted sales of alcohol, including state-owned monopoly shops