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System appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • I met System I.
  • No, I met System Ion.
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Usage statistics for the noun system:

spoken English25.89%written English74.11% conversational speech15.78%task-oriented speech84.22% imaginative writing7.99%informational writing92.01%
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Definition of the noun system

What does system mean as a name of something?

System is one of the top 50 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being the 7th most common noun in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: systems

  1. instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity
  2. 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
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of system: scheme
    • more generic words: group / grouping = any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
    • more specific terms:
    • part: hierarchy = a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system
  3. (physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium
    • examples: in a static system oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface | a system generating hydrogen peroxide
    • domain: physical chemistry
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: matter = that which has mass and occupies space
  4. a complex of methods or rules governing behavior
    • examples: they have to operate under a system they oppose | that language has a complex system for indicating gender
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of system: system of rules
    • more generic word: method = a way of doing something, especially a systematic way
    • more specific terms:
      • accounting = a system that provides quantitative information about finances
      • discipline = a system of rules of conduct or method of practice
      • frame of reference / frame = a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning
      • gambling system = a system of rules for placing bets that is believed to lead to winning
      • government = the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed
      • honor system = a system of conduct in which participants are trusted not to take unfair advantage of others
      • system of logic / logical system / logic = a system of reasoning
      • merit system = the system of employing and promoting civil servants on the basis of ability
      • point system = a system of evaluation based on awarding points according to rules
      • spoils system = the system of employing and promoting civil servants who are friends and supporters of the group in power
      • organon = a system of principles for philosophic or scientific investigations
      • programme / program = a system of projects or services intended to meet a public need
      • theosophy = a system of belief based on mystical insight into the nature of God and the soul
      • anthroposophy = a system of beliefs and practices based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner
      • logic = the system of operations performed by a computer that underlies the machine's representation of logical operations
      • theological system / theology = a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings
      • ethical code / ethic = a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct
  5. an organized structure for arranging or classifying
    • example: he tried to understand their system of classification
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of system: arrangement / organisation / organization
    • more generic word: structure = the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations
    • more specific terms:
      • classification system = a system for classifying things
      • contrivance = an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.
      • frame of reference / coordinate system / reference system / reference frame = a system that uses coordinates to establish position
      • data structure = the organization of data
      • design / plan = an arrangement scheme
      • statistical distribution / distribution = an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence
      • genetic map = graphical representation of the arrangement of genes on a chromosome
      • kinship system = the system of social relationships that constitute kinship in a particular culture, including the terminology that is used and the reciprocal obligations that are entailed
      • lattice = an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern in 2 or 3 dimensions
      • living arrangement = an arrangement to allow people (or ideas) to coexist
      • ontology = a rigorous and exhaustive organization of some knowledge domain that is usually hierarchical and contains all the relevant entities and their relations
      • calendar = a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year
  6. a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts
  7. a procedure or process for obtaining an objective
    • example: they had to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic term: plan of action = a plan for actively doing something
    • more specific terms:
      • credit system = a system for allowing people to purchase things on credit
      • legal system = a system for interpreting and enforcing the laws
      • pricing system = a system for setting prices on goods or services
      • promotion system = a system for advancing participants to higher-status positions
  8. 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
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • more generic term: live body = the body of a living animal or person
  9. an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized

Specialised definition of the noun system

Glossary of management / IT service management / service support

an integrated composite that consists of one or more of the processes, hardware, software, facilities and people, that provides a capability to satisfy a stated need or objective


  1. System a.k.a. System of a Down, also known by the acronym SOAD and often shortened to System, is an American four-piece rock band from Southern California, formed in 1994.
  2. System a.k.a. The System is an American synthpop duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Mic Murphy and seasoned session keyboardist David Frank. The band was founded in 1982 in New York and backed up by Paul Pesco on electric guitar and Kris Khellow - keyboards, synthesizers.

There are other people with in their name, like Blue System, System Fade, Magic System, Pound System, Metric system, Wicked Beat Sound System, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Butch Cassidy Sound System.


  1. System is a musical group.
    • albums: "Generator EP", "Cold", "Sample and Hold", "Tonight EP", "Self-Organising System", "Circle of Infinite Radius"
    • official website:
  2. System is a musical group.
    • album: "System"

There are other groups with in their name, like System 7, System 01, System 84, Key System, Pop System, Sub System, Sub-System, System Syn, Anti-System, Beat System, F.O. System, Open system, Root'System, Sell System, System Cafe, System VIII, Dream System, Logic System, Shock System.


  1. "System" is the fifth studio album by British soul/R&B singer Seal, released on 12 November 2007. In his online blog, Seal described the album as a return to his dance roots and his best album since his debut. However, it is his lowest-selling album to date in the US, selling 155,000 copies in the first year of its release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  2. "System" is a composition.
  3. "System" is a composition.
  4. "System" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  5. "System" is a composition.
  6. "System" is a musical album of System.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  7. "System" is a musical EP of Isolée.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  8. "System" is a musical EP of Kao.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  9. "System" is a musical EP of Imagination Society.
    • released in
  10. "System" is a musical album of Maintenance of Order.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  11. "System" is a musical album of Heatbox.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  12. "System" is a musical EP of Aquaplex.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  13. "System" is a musical EP of Zircon.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  14. "System" is a musical album of Linkwood.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  15. "System" is a composition.


  1. System: A system is a set of interacting or interdependent components forming an integrated whole.
    • also known as การวิเคราะห์และออกแบบระบบ, 系統
  2. System: A system in stratigraphy is an idealized composite unit of the geologic record made up of a succession of rock layers that were laid down together within the corresponding geological period. The system is thus a unit of the geologic record or rock column, pieced together using the Law of Superposition and mapped to its corresponding period— the associated continuous chronostratigraphical time unit, a relative metric that science committees have determined solid dating for as organized on the geologic time scale. A system is therefore a unit of chronostratigraphy, unrelated to lithostratigraphy, which subdivides rock layers on their lithology. Systems are subdivisions of erathems and are themselves divided into series and stages.
  3. System: Systemkommandon är kommandon som skickas till kommandofönstret för ditt operativsystem. De används ofta vid programmering men bör rent standardmässigt undvikas eftersom det bara gäller för ett specifikt operativsystem.
  4. System is a family of proportional raster fonts distributed with Microsoft Windows. The font family contains fonts encoded in several Windows code pages, with multiple resolutions of the font for each code page. Fonts of different code pages have different point sizes. Under DBCS Windows environment, specifying this font may also cause application to use non-System fonts when displaying texts.
  5. System is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering the applications of educational technology and applied linguistics to problems of foreign language teaching and learning. It was established in 1973 and is published quarterly by Elsevier.

Phrases with System

  1. L-System
  2. pa system
  3. si system
  4. abo system
  5. adp system
  6. cgs system
  7. gas system
  8. Sub-System
  9. tax system
  10. data system
  11. file system
  12. fuel system
  13. jury system
  14. lens system
  15. list system
  16. Open system
  17. p.a. system
  18. Ring System
  19. root system
  20. Star system

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for System

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Google previewIntroduction To Systems (2005)

by Rajiv Gupta

A system is a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a united whole. 6. A system is an organized set of doctrines, ideas or principles usually intended to explain the arrangement or working of a systematic whole. 7.

Google previewSignals and Systems Laboratory with MATLAB (2010)

by Alex Palamides, Anastasia Veloni

A system is a concept with a very wide meaning used in various expressions of everyday life. From an electrical engineering perspective, a system is an entity that manipulates one or more signals to perform an operation and returns the ...

Google previewChemistry of Sustainable Energy (2014)

by Nancy E. Carpenter

The system is the well-defined piece of the physical world that is the focus in a thermodynamic study.

A typical open system is a beaker: not only can energy be exchanged with the surroundings (e.g., in the form of heat) but also mass (as in a liquid evaporating from the beaker).

If, for example, our system is an ideal gas, then the state can be defined by the exact pressure, volume, temperature, and ...

Google previewThe Dynamics of Energy (2009)

Supply, Conversion, and Utilization by Horacio Perez-Blanco

EnErgy A system is a volume that we isolate (frequently only in our minds) for the purposes of analysis.

Google previewActive Noise Control Primer (2000)

by Scott D. Snyder

The "electronic control system" performs the calculations required to generate the canceling sound field. signal is relatively straightforward and so a feedforward control system is the best option. Before discussing the various components of the ...

Google previewTotal Materials Management (2013)

The Frontier for Maximizing Profit in the 1990s by Eugene L. Magad

SUMMARY A materials management system is an organized approach used to deal with problems involving a combination of skills from complementary disciplines, both managerial and technical, that require these skills to be expended in a ...

Google previewDesigning Information Systems (2014)

by Stanley G. Blethyn, Carys Y. Parker

A system is an entity having a purpose and consisting of functional parts all helping to achieve that purpose.

Google previewHeadquarters Army Civilian Personnel System: HQ ACPERS Data Element Dictionary, December 2000

Type 3 QHJ/3 Performance Rating Type 4 QHJ/4 Performance Rating Type 5 R0A Retirement Plan R0B Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) Coverage R0C Date Of Mandatory Retirement R0X Date Retirement Package Received ...

Google previewIndian Metaphysics and Epistemology (1977)

The Tradition of Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika Up to Gaṅgeśa by Karl H. Potter

A system is a set of concepts which are interrelated so as to explain what needs to be explained fully, accurately, and with no waste motion. In India a philosophical system is one which is pertinent to the ultimate supreme value of mankind, the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of United States National Security (2005)

by Richard J. Samuels

An area defense system for U.S. naval battle groups that is capable of simultaneous engagement on air, surface, and...

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Usage statistics about system

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun system:

spoken English25.89%written English74.11% conversational speech15.78%task-oriented speech84.22% imaginative writing7.99%informational writing92.01%

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Quotes about System

The system is the work of art; the visual work of art is the proof of the System. The visual aspect can't be understood without understanding the system. It isn't what it looks like but what it is that is of basic importance. (Sol LeWitt)
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Scrabble value of S1Y4S1T1E1M3

The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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