Definition of system
What does the word system mean?
part of speech: noun
Complex whole, set of connected things or parts, organized body of material or immaterial things, (s. of pulleys, several arranged to work together; s. of philosophy, set of coordinated doctrines; mountain s., range or connected ranges; river, railway, s., river, railway, with its tributaries or branches, also rivers, railways, of a country, continent, &c.; solar s., sun& planets; nervous, muscular, &c., s., the nerves, muscles, of a person\'s or animal\'s body; digestive &c. s., all bodily parts subserving digestion &c.; the s., the body as a functional whole, as the poison has passed into the or his s.; Ptolemaic &c. s., set of hypotheses or principles composing Ptolemy\'s &c. theory; Devonian &c. s., set of strata &c. so named); method, organization, considered principles of procedure, (principle of) classification, (s. of government; what s. do you go on?; lacks, works with, s.; Linnaean, natural, &c., s., classifications with different criteria), whence systemless a.; (Mus.) braced staffs of score. [Latin]