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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
System \Sys"tem\, n. [L. systema, Gr. ?, fr. ? to place together; sy`n with + ? to place: cf. F. syst[`e]me. See Stand.] 1. An assemblage of objects arranged in regular subordination, or after some distinct method, usually logical or scientific; a complete whole of objects related by some common law, principle, or end; a complete exhibition of essential principles or facts, arranged in a rational dependence or connection; a regular union of principles or parts forming one entire thing; as, a system of philosophy; a system of government; a system of divinity; a system of botany or chemistry; a military system; the solar system. [1913 Webster] The best way to learn any science, is to begin with a regular system, or a short and plain scheme of that science well drawn up into a narrow compass. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, the whole scheme of created things regarded as forming one complete plan of whole; the universe. "The great system of the world." --Boyle. [1913 Webster] 3. Regular method or order; formal arrangement; plan; as, to have a system in one's business. [1913 Webster] 4. (Mus.) The collection of staves which form a full score. See Score, n. [1913 Webster] 5. (Biol.) An assemblage of parts or organs, either in animal or plant, essential to the performance of some particular function or functions which as a rule are of greater complexity than those manifested by a single organ; as, the capillary system, the muscular system, the digestive system, etc.; hence, the whole body as a functional unity. [1913 Webster] 6. (Zool.) One of the stellate or irregular clusters of intimately united zooids which are imbedded in, or scattered over, the surface of the common tissue of many compound ascidians. [1913 Webster] Block system, Conservative system, etc. See under Block, Conservative, etc. [1913 Webster] Systematic