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 for architecture
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Architecture \Ar"chi*tec`ture\ (?; 135), n. [L. architectura,
     fr. architectus: cf. F. architecture. See Architect.]
     1. The art or science of building; especially, the art of
        building houses, churches, bridges, and other structures,
        for the purposes of civil life; -- often called civil
        architecture.
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              Many other architectures besides Gothic. --Ruskin.
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     3. Construction, in a more general sense; frame or structure;
        workmanship.
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              The architecture of grasses, plants, and trees.
                                                    --Tyndall.
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              The formation of the first earth being a piece of
              divine architecture.                  --Burnet.
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     Military architecture, the art of fortifications.
  
     Naval architecture, the art of building ships.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  architecture
      n 1: an architectural product or work
      2: the discipline dealing with the principles of design and
         construction and ornamentation of fine buildings;
         "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is
         sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
      3: the profession of designing buildings and environments with
         consideration for their esthetic effect
      4: (computer science) the structure and organization of a
         computer's hardware or system software; "the architecture of
         a computer's system software" [syn: computer architecture,
         architecture]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  155 Moby Thesaurus words for "architecture":
     Bauhaus, Byzantine, Egyptian, English, French, German, Gothic,
     Greco-Roman, Greek, Greek Revival, Italian, Persian, Renaissance,
     Roman, Romanesque, Spanish, academic, action, anagnorisis, anatomy,
     angle, architectonics, argument, arrangement, assembly, atmosphere,
     background, baroque, build, building, casting, catastrophe,
     characterization, civil architecture, color, complication,
     composition, conformation, constitution, construct, construction,
     continuity, contrivance, conversion, crafting, craftsmanship,
     creation, cultivation, denouement, design, development, device,
     devising, early renaissance, edifice, elaboration, episode,
     erection, establishment, extraction, fable, fabric, fabrication,
     falling action, fashion, fashioning, forging, form, format,
     formation, forming, formulation, frame, framing, frozen music,
     functionalism, getup, gimmick, growing, handicraft, handiwork,
     harvesting, house, incident, international, landscape architecture,
     landscape gardening, line, local color, machining, make, makeup,
     making, manufacture, manufacturing, medieval, milling, mining,
     modern, mold, molding, mood, motif, movement, mythos,
     organic structure, organism, organization, packaged house, pattern,
     patterning, peripeteia, physique, pile, plan, plot, prefab,
     prefabrication, preparation, processing, producing, production,
     pyramid, raising, recognition, refining, rising action, scheme,
     secondary plot, setup, shape, shaping, skyscraper, slant, smelting,
     story, structure, structuring, subject, subplot, superstructure,
     switch, tectonics, texture, thematic development, theme, tissue,
     tone, topic, tower, twist, warp and woof, weave, web,
     workmanship
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  architecture
  
      Design, the way components fit together.  The
     term is used particularly of processors, both individual and
     in general.  "The ARM has a really clean architecture".  It
     may also be used of any complex system, e.g. "software
     architecture", "network architecture".
  
     (1995-05-02)
  

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