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

  System \Sys"tem\, n. [L. systema, Gr. ?, fr. ? to place
     together; sy`n with + ? to place: cf. F. syst[`e]me. See
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
              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.
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     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.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Regular method or order; formal arrangement; plan; as, to
        have a system in one's business.
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     4. (Mus.) The collection of staves which form a full score.
        See Score, n.
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     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.
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     6. (Zool.) 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.
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     Block system, Conservative system, etc. See under
        Block, Conservative, etc.
        [1913 Webster] Systematic

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting
           artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity; "he bought
           a new stereo system"; "the system consists of a motor and a
           small computer"
      2: a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a
         unified whole; "a vast system of production and distribution
         and consumption keep the country going" [syn: system,
      3: (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"
      4: 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" [syn: system, system
         of rules]
      5: 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" [syn: arrangement, organization,
         organisation, system]
      6: a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or
         parts; "the body has a system of organs for digestion"
      7: a procedure or process for obtaining an objective; "they had
         to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation"
      8: the living body considered as made up of interdependent
         components forming a unified whole; "exercise helped him get
         the alcohol out of his system"
      9: 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" [syn: organization, organisation,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  227 Moby Thesaurus words for "system":
     Anschauung, Copernican universe, Einsteinian universe, MO,
     Newtonian universe, Ptolemaic universe, aggregation, algorithm,
     all, all being, all creation, allness, anality, angle,
     angle of vision, apple-pie order, approach, arrangement, array,
     attack, basis, blueprint, blueprinting, body-build, brand,
     calculation, cast, character, characteristic, characteristics,
     charting, combination, complex, complexion, composition,
     conception, concord, constituents, constitution, contrivance,
     cosmos, course, crasis, created nature, created universe, creation,
     deployment, design, device, dharma, diathesis, discipline,
     disposal, disposition, enterprise, entity, envisagement, ethos,
     everything that is, expanding universe, eye, fashion, fiber,
     figuring, fine fettle, footing, foresight, forethought, form,
     formation, frame, frame of reference, framework, game, genius,
     good condition, good shape, good trim, grain, graphing,
     ground plan, group, guidelines, guise, habit, harmony, hue, humor,
     humors, idea, ilk, integral, integrate, intention, kind, layout,
     light, line, line of action, lines, lineup, long-range plan,
     macrocosm, macrocosmos, makeup, manner, manner of working, mapping,
     marshaling, master plan, means, megacosm, mental outlook, mesh,
     metagalaxy, method, methodicalness, methodology, mode,
     mode of operation, mode of procedure, modus, modus operandi, mold,
     nature, neatness, network, omneity, operations research, order,
     orderliness, organization, outlook, pattern, peace, physique,
     place, plan, planning, planning function, plenum, point of view,
     position, practice, prearrangement, procedure, proceeding, process,
     program, program of action, property, proportion,
     pulsating universe, quality, quiet, quietude, rationalization,
     reference system, regard, regularity, respect, routine, schedule,
     schema, schematism, schematization, scheme, scheme of arrangement,
     set, set-up, setup, side, sidereal universe, sight, situation,
     slant, somatotype, sort, spirit, stamp, stand, standpoint,
     steady-state universe, strategic plan, strategy, streak, stripe,
     structure, style, suchness, sum, sum of things, symmetry,
     systematicness, systematization, tack, tactical plan, tactics,
     technique, temper, temperament, tendency, tenor, the big picture,
     the drill, the how, the picture, the way of, tidiness, tone,
     totality, totality of being, tranquillity, trimness, type,
     uniformity, universe, vein, view, viewpoint, way, whole wide world,
     wide world, wise, working plan, world, world without end

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      1. The supervisor program or OS on a computer.
      2. The entire computer system, including input/output devices, the
      supervisor program or OS, and possibly other software.
      3. Any large-scale program.
      4. Any method or algorithm.
      5. System hacker: one who hacks the system (in senses 1 and 2 only; for
      sense 3 one mentions the particular program: e.g., LISP hacker)

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

     1. The supervisor program or operating system on a
     2. The entire computer system, including input/output devices,
     the supervisor program or operating system and possibly
     other software.
     3. Any large program.
     4. Any method or algorithm.
     [{Jargon File]

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