What is system?

  • (noun): (physical chemistry) a sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium.
    Example: "In a static system oil cannot be replaced by water on a surface"; "a system generating hydrogen peroxide"
    See also — Additional definitions below

System

A system is a set of interacting or interdependent components forming an integrated whole or a set of elements (often called 'components' ) and relationships which are different from relationships of the set or its elements to other elements or sets.

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Quantum Decoherence - Examples of Non-unitary Modelling of Decoherence
... Decoherence can be modelled as a non-unitary process by which a system couples with its environment (although the combined system plus environment evolves in a unitary fashion) ... Thus the dynamics of the system alone, treated in isolation, are non-unitary and, as such, are represented by irreversible transformations acting on the system's ... Since the system's dynamics are represented by irreversible representations, then any information present in the quantum system can be lost to the environment or heat bath ...
Cyperales
... As used in the Engler system (update, of 1964) and in the Wettstein system it consisted of only the single family ... In the Cronquist system it is used for an order (placed in subclass Commelinidae) and circumscribed as (1981) order Cyperales family Cyperaceae family Poaceae (or Gramineae ...
Principles of QuickDraw
... and development environments of the early Apple systems ... In addition, QuickDraw is a raster graphics system, which defines the pixel as its basic unit of graphical information ... This is in contrast to vector graphics systems, where graphics primitives are defined in mathematical terms and rasterized as required to the display ...
Kamov Ka-50 - Design
... The laser guidance is reported to be virtually jam-proof and the system features automatic guidance to target, enabling evasive action immediately after missile launch ... The fire control system automatically shares all target information among the four Black Sharks of a typical flight in real time, allowing one helicopter to engage a target spotted by another, and ... could be upgraded to laser guided with the proposed Ugroza system ...
Linguistics - Schools of Thought - Structuralism
... Early in the 20th century, Saussure introduced the idea of language as a static system of interconnected units, defined through the oppositions between ... paradigm, and the langue- parole distinction, distinguishing language as an abstract system (langue) from language as a concrete manifestation of this system (parole) ...

More definitions of "system":

  • (noun): 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"
  • (noun): An organized structure for arranging or classifying.
    Example: "He tried to understand their system of classification"
    Synonyms: arrangement, organization, organisation
  • (noun): An ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized.
    Example: "We can't do it unless we establish some system around here"
    Synonyms: organization, organisation
  • (noun): A complex of methods or rules governing behavior.
    Example: "They have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
    Synonyms: system of rules
  • (noun): 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"
    Synonyms: scheme
  • (noun): A group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts.
    Example: "The body has a system of organs for digestion"
  • (noun): A procedure or process for obtaining an objective.
    Example: "They had to devise a system that did not depend on cooperation"
  • (noun): Instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity.
    Example: "He bought a new stereo system"; "the system consists of a motor and a small computer"

Famous quotes containing the word system:

    When the finishing stroke was put to his work, it suddenly expanded before the eyes of the astonished artist into the fairest of all the creations of Brahma. He had made a new system in making a staff, a world with full and fair proportions; in which, though the old cities and dynasties had passed away, fairer and more glorious ones had taken their places.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
    —G.C. (Georg Christoph)

    In a universe that is all gradations of matter, from gross to fine to finer, so that we end up with everything we are composed of in a lattice, a grid, a mesh, a mist, where particles or movements so small we cannot observe them are held in a strict and accurate web, that is nevertheless nonexistent to the eyes we use for ordinary living—in this system of fine and finer, where then is the substance of a thought?
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919)