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[n] instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity; "he bought a new stereo system"; "the unit consists of a motor and a small computer"
[n] an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized; "his compulsive organization was not an endearing quality"; "we can't do it unless we establish some system around here"
[n] the living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole; "exercise helped him get the alcohol out of his system"
[n] a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts; "the body has a system of organs for digestion"
[n] a complex of methods or rules governing behavior; "they have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
[n] an organized structure for arranging or classifying; "he changed the arrangement of the topics"; "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"; "he tried to understand their system of classification"
[n] a procedure or process for obtaining an objective; "they had to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation"
[n] a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"
[n] (physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium; "in a static system oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface"; "a system generating hydrogen peroxide"

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Misc. Definitions

\Sys"tem\, n. [L. systema, Gr. ?, fr. ? to place together; sy`n with + ? to place: cf. F. syst[`e]me. See {Stand}.]
1. An assemblage of objects arranged in regular subordination, or after some distinct method, usually logical or scientific; a complete whole of objects related by some common law, principle, or end; a complete exhibition of essential principles or facts, arranged in a rational dependence or connection; a regular union of principles or parts forming one entire thing; as, a system of philosophy; a system of government; a system of divinity; a system of botany or chemistry; a military system; the solar system. The best way to learn any science, is to begin with a regular system, or a short and plain scheme of that science well drawn up into a narrow compass. --I. Watts.
2. Hence, the whole scheme of created things regarded as forming one complete plan of whole; the universe. ``The great system of the world.'' --Boyle.
3. Regular method or order; formal arrangement; plan; as, to have a system in one's business.
4. (Mus.) The collection of staves which form a full score. See {Score}, n.
5. (Biol.) An assemblage of parts or organs, either in animal or plant, essential to the performance of some particular function or functions which as a rule are of greater complexity than those manifested by a single organ; as, the capillary system, the muscular system, the digestive system, etc.; hence, the whole body as a functional unity.
6. (Zo["o]l.) One of the stellate or irregular clusters of intimately united zooids which are imbedded in, or scattered over, the surface of the common tissue of many compound ascidians. {Block system}, {Conservative system}, etc. See under {Block}, {Conservative}, etc.
{Type founder}, one who casts or manufacture type. {Type foundry}, {Type foundery}, a place for the manufacture of type. {Type metal}, an alloy used in making type, stereotype plates, etc., and in backing up electrotype plates. It consists essentially of lead and antimony, often with a little tin, nickel, or copper. {Type wheel}, a wheel having raised letters or characters on its periphery, and used in typewriters, printing telegraphs, etc. {Unity of type} (Biol.), that fundamental agreement in structure which is seen in organic beings of the same class, and is quite independent of their habits of life. --Darwin.

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