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architecture

Syllabification: ar·chi·tec·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈärkəˌtek(t)SHər
 
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Definition of architecture in English:

noun

1The art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.
Example sentences
  • Tom Low practices architecture and town planning in the Carolinas.
  • The award recognizes his collective works and his influence on the theory and practice of architecture.
  • It has terrific links to all sorts of things from architects and architecture to straw bale construction.
Synonyms
building design, building style, planning, building, construction
1.1The style in which a building is designed or constructed, especially with regard to a specific period, place, or culture: Victorian architecture
More example sentences
  • The art deco movement became a dominant style in art, architecture and design during the 1920s and '30s.
  • This building is a fine example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, a British Imperial hybrid.
  • The other distinctive style of architecture is known as Manueline, after King Manuel I.
2The complex or carefully designed structure of something: the chemical architecture of the human brain
More example sentences
  • This disparity creates an interesting dichotomy within the complex architecture of the album.
  • In short, what is the chemical architecture of the brain and the mind that emerges from it?
  • The architecture of the human body is obviously wondrous but not infallible.
2.1The conceptual structure and logical organization of a computer or computer-based system: a client/server architecture
More example sentences
  • Von Neumann architecture required that a computer do one thing, then the next, and on through the program.
  • There is a paradigm shift between open systems and mainframe architecture.
  • The libraries then take care of the details of mapping it to the super computer architecture.
Synonyms
structure, construction, organization, layout, design, build, anatomy, makeup
informal setup

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin architectura, from architectus (see architect).

Derivatives

architectural

1
Pronunciation: /ˌärkiˈtekCHərəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The city's architectural history reflects this tug-of-war between past and present.
  • Castledermot attracts a lot of tourists who visit the architectural remains in the area.
  • It is truly spectacular and an architectural triumph, situated as it is in such spacious surroundings.

architecturally

2
Pronunciation: /ˌärkiˈtekCHərəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • The space around the building will be architecturally landscaped - its surfaces will be a combination of gravelled, decked and paved elements.
  • Finland's capital is architecturally rich and easy to tour on foot and by tram, including the transit loop that passes most of the important sites.
  • The memorial is architecturally undistinguished, resembling one of the giant new suburban houses common in the United States.

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