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system US English

A set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole, in particular

ABO system US English

A system of four basic types (A, AB, B, and O) into which human blood may be classified, based on the presence or absence of certain inherited antigens

case system US English

A method of teaching or studying law that emphasizes the analysis and discussion of selected cases

self-system US English

The complex of drives and responses relating to the self; the set of potentialities that develop in an individual’s character in response to parental and other external influences

star system US English

A large number of stars with a perceptible structure; a galaxy

tot system US English

A system according to which labourers, especially those in vineyards, are paid part of their wages in wine

list system US English

A system of voting (used in several European countries) in which votes are cast for a list of candidates rather than an individual, to allow a degree of proportional representation

midi system US English

A set of compact stacking hi-fi equipment components

open system US English

A system in which the components and protocols conform to standards independent of a particular supplier

binary system US English

A system in which information can be expressed by combinations of the digits 0 and 1

block system US English

A system of railroad signaling that divides the track into sections and allows no train to enter a section that is not completely clear

buddy system US English

A cooperative arrangement whereby individuals are paired or teamed up and assume responsibility for one another’s instruction, productivity, welfare, or safety

point system US English

A system for distributing or allocating resources or for ranking or evaluating candidates or claimants on the basis of points allocated or accumulated

portal system US English

The system of blood vessels consisting of the portal vein with its tributaries and branches

price system US English

An economic system in which prices are determined by market forces

drive system US English

The part of an engine, computer, or mechanical device that brings about its dynamic movement

expert system US English

A piece of software programmed using artificial intelligence techniques. Such systems use databases of expert knowledge to offer advice or make decisions in such areas as medical diagnosis and trading on the stock exchange

solar system US English

The collection of eight planets and their moons in orbit around the sun, together with smaller bodies in the form of asteroids, meteoroids, and comets

spoils system US English

The practice of a successful political party giving public office to its supporters

sound system US English

A set of equipment for the reproduction and amplification of sound

tally system US English

A system of selling goods on short-term credit or an instalment plan

honor system US English

A system of payment or examination that relies solely on the honesty of those concerned

immune system US English

The organs and processes of the body that provide resistance to infection and toxins. Organs include the thymus, bone marrow, and lymph nodes

limbic system US English

A complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring)

metric system US English

The decimal measuring system based on the meter, liter, and gram as units of length, capacity, and weight or mass. The system was first proposed by the French astronomer and mathematician Gabriel Mouton (1618–94) in 1670 and was standardized in France under the Republican government in the 1790s

crystal system US English

Each of seven categories of crystals (cubic, tetragonal, orthorhombic, trigonal, hexagonal, monoclinic, and triclinic) classified according to the possible relations of the crystal axes

Torrens system US English

A system of land title registration, adopted originally in Australia and later in some states of the US

system operator US English

A person who manages the operation of a computer system, such as a message board

honours system US English

(Especially in the UK or other Commonwealth countries) a system of awards and titles conferred by a country or state in recognition of individual achievement or service

nervous system US English

The network of nerve cells and fibers that transmits nerve impulses between parts of the body

Ptolemaic system US English

The theory that the earth is the stationary center of the universe, with the planets moving in epicyclic orbits within surrounding concentric spheres

Continental System US English

Napoleon’s strategy of blockading Britain (1806–13), by which British ships were prohibited from entering the ports of France and her allies

Copernican system US English

The theory that the sun is the center of the solar system, with the planets (including the earth) orbiting around it

circulatory system US English

The system that circulates blood and lymph through the body, consisting of the heart, blood vessels, blood, lymph, and the lymphatic vessels and glands

development system US English

A system of software and hardware designed to assist in the development of new software or products

distributed system US English

A number of independent computers linked by a network

lymphatic system US English

The network of vessels through which lymph drains from the tissues into the blood

operating system US English

The software that supports a computer’s basic functions, such as scheduling tasks, executing applications, and controlling peripherals

beat the system US English

Succeed in finding a means of getting around rules, regulations, or other means of control

cardiovascular system US English

Another term for circulatory system.

domain name system US English

The system by which Internet domain names and addresses are tracked and regulated

Speenhamland system US English

A system of poor relief first adopted in the late 18th century and established throughout rural England in succeeding years

open-field system US English

The traditional medieval system of farming in England, in which land was divided into strips and managed by an individual only in the growing season, being available to the community for grazing animals during the rest of the year

public address system US English

A system of microphones, amplifiers, and loudspeakers used to amplify speech or music in a large building or at an outdoor gathering

early warning system US English

A network of radar stations established at the boundary of a defended region to provide advanced warning of an aircraft or missile attack

water-vascular system US English

(In an echinoderm) a network of water vessels in the body, the tube feet being operated by hydraulic pressure within the vessels

migrant labour system US English

(In South Africa) the laws and structures under which black contract labourers from rural areas, the homelands, or neighbouring states were recruited to work in the cities and mines

additional member system US English

A type of proportional representation in which each elector votes separately for a party and for a representative

autonomic nervous system US English

The part of the nervous system responsible for control of the bodily functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, the heartbeat, and digestive processes


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