What is system?

  • (noun): A group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole.
    Example: "A vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"
    Synonyms: scheme
    See also — Additional definitions below

System

A system is a set of interacting or interdependent components forming an integrated whole or a set of elements (often called 'components' ) and relationships which are different from relationships of the set or its elements to other elements or sets.

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Cyperales
... As used in the Engler system (update, of 1964) and in the Wettstein system it consisted of only the single family ... In the Cronquist system it is used for an order (placed in subclass Commelinidae) and circumscribed as (1981) order Cyperales family Cyperaceae family Poaceae (or Gramineae) The APG II system, used here ...
Quantum Decoherence - Examples of Non-unitary Modelling of Decoherence
... can be modelled as a non-unitary process by which a system couples with its environment (although the combined system plus environment evolves in a unitary ... Thus the dynamics of the system alone, treated in isolation, are non-unitary and, as such, are represented by irreversible transformations acting on the system's Hilbert space ... Since the system's dynamics are represented by irreversible representations, then any information present in the quantum system can be lost to the ...
Kamov Ka-50 - Design
... The laser guidance is reported to be virtually jam-proof and the system features automatic guidance to target, enabling evasive action immediately after missile launch ... The fire control system automatically shares all target information among the four Black Sharks of a typical flight in real time, allowing one helicopter to engage a target spotted by another, and the system can also ... could be upgraded to laser guided with the proposed Ugroza system ...
Linguistics - Schools of Thought - Structuralism
... century, Saussure introduced the idea of language as a static system of interconnected units, defined through the oppositions between them ... and the langue- parole distinction, distinguishing language as an abstract system (langue) from language as a concrete manifestation of this system (parole) ...
Principles of QuickDraw
... to fit well with the Pascal-based interfaces and development environments of the early Apple systems ... In addition, QuickDraw is a raster graphics system, which defines the pixel as its basic unit of graphical information ... This is in contrast to vector graphics systems, where graphics primitives are defined in mathematical terms and rasterized as required to the display resolution ...

More definitions of "system":

  • (noun): A complex of methods or rules governing behavior.
    Example: "They have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
    Synonyms: system of rules
  • (noun): A procedure or process for obtaining an objective.
    Example: "They had to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation"
  • (noun): A group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts.
    Example: "The body has a system of organs for digestion"
  • (noun): An organized structure for arranging or classifying.
    Example: "He tried to understand their system of classification"
    Synonyms: arrangement, organization, organisation
  • (noun): The living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole.
    Example: "Exercise helped him get the alcohol out of his system"
  • (noun): An ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized.
    Example: "We can't do it unless we establish some system around here"
    Synonyms: organization, organisation
  • (noun): Instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity.
    Example: "He bought a new stereo system"; "the system consists of a motor and a small computer"
  • (noun): (physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium.
    Example: "In a static system oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface"; "a system generating hydrogen peroxide"

Famous quotes containing the word system:

    Loving feels lonely in a violent world,
    irrelevant to people burning like last year’s weed
    with bellies distended, with fish throats agape
    and flesh melting down to glue.
    We can no longer shut out the screaming
    That leaks through the ventilation system ...
    Marge Piercy (b. 1936)

    Short of a wholesale reform of college athletics—a complete breakdown of the whole system that is now focused on money and power—the women’s programs are just as doomed as the men’s are to move further and further away from the academic mission of their colleges.... We have to decide if that’s the kind of success for women’s sports that we want.
    Christine H. B. Grant, U.S. university athletic director. As quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A42 (May 12, 1993)

    Science is a system of statements based on direct experience, and controlled by experimental verification. Verification in science is not, however, of single statements but of the entire system or a sub-system of such statements.
    Rudolf Carnap (1891–1970)