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Topic: COMPUTERS

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: systema, from Greek, from synistanai 'to combine', from syn- ( SYN-) + histanai 'to cause to stand'

system

noun
     
sys‧tem S1 W1
1

related parts

[countable] a group of related parts that work together as a whole for a particular purpose:
an alarm system
a well-designed heating system
the digestive system
the railway system
the banking system
political/legal/education system
a fundamental reform of the country's political system
system of
the British system of government
2

method

[countable] an organized set of ideas, methods, or ways of working
system of/for doing something
a system for dealing with complaints from customers
I don't understand your filing system.
under a system
Under the present system, we do not have any flexibility.
3TD

computers

[countable]TD a group of computers that are connected to each other:
The system has crashed. (=stopped working)
4

somebody's system

someone's body - used when you are talking about its medical or physical condition:
All this overeating is not good for my system.
5

all systems go

used, sometimes humorously, to say that you are ready to do something or that something is ready to happen
6

the system

the official rules and powerful organizations that restrict what you can do:
7

get something out of your system

informal to do something that helps you get rid of unpleasant strong feelings:
I was furious, so I went for a run to get it out of my system.
8

order

[uncountable] the use of sensible and organized methods:
We need a bit more system in the way we organize our files.
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