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12-tone system

  • noun a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg; uses a tone row formed by the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale (and inverted or backward versions of the row)
    12-tone music; 12-tone system; twelve-tone music.
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abo blood group system

  • noun a classification system for the antigens of human blood; used in blood transfusion therapy; four groups are A and B and AB and O
    ABO group; ABO blood group system.
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abo system

  • noun a classification system for the antigens of human blood; used in blood transfusion therapy; four groups are A and B and AB and O
    ABO group; ABO blood group system.
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accentual system

  • noun the system of accentuation used in a particular language
    accentual system.
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accounting system

  • noun a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts
    accounting; method of accounting.
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adp system

  • noun a system of one or more computers and associated software with common storage
    ADPS; ADP system; automatic data processing system; computer system.
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air transportation system

  • noun a transportation system for moving passengers or goods by air
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alarm system

  • noun a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event
    alarm; warning device.
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articulatory system

  • noun the system of joints in the body
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Artificial ordersystem

  • . See Artificial classification, under Artificial, and Note to def. 12 above.
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audio system

  • noun a system of electronic equipment for recording or reproducing sound
    audio system.
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auditory system

  • noun the sensory system for hearing
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automatic data processing system

  • noun a system of one or more computers and associated software with common storage
    ADPS; ADP system; automatic data processing system; computer system.
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autonomic nervous system

  • noun the part of the nervous system of vertebrates that controls involuntary actions of the smooth muscles and heart and glands
    ANS.
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backup system

  • noun a computer system for making backups
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banking system

  • noun banks collectively
    banking industry.
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basic point defense missile system

  • noun a shipboard missile system
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bertillon system

  • noun a system or procedure for identifying persons
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binary number system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses binary digits and a radix of two
    binary system; binary numeration system; binary number system.
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binary numeration system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses binary digits and a radix of two
    binary system; binary numeration system; binary number system.
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binary system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses binary digits and a radix of two
    binary system; binary numeration system; binary number system.
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Block system

  • on railways, a system by which the track is divided into sections of three or four miles, and trains are so run by the guidance of electric signals that no train enters a section or block before the preceding train has left it.
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Block system, Conservative system

  • etc. See under Block, Conservative, etc.
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brake system

  • noun a braking device consisting of a combination of interacting parts that work to slow a motor vehicle
    brakes.
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british imperial system

  • noun a system of weights and measures based on the foot and pound and second and pint
    British system; British Imperial System.
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british system

  • noun a system of weights and measures based on the foot and pound and second and pint
    British system; British Imperial System.
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buddy system

  • noun a cooperative practice of pairing two or more people together for mutual assistance or safety (especially in recreational swimming)
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bulletin board system

  • noun a computer that is running software that allows users to leave messages and access information of general interest
    electronic bulletin board; bulletin board; bbs.
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Bureau system

  • . See Bureaucracy.
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cable system

  • noun a television system that transmits over cables
    cable television service; cable television; cable.
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cardiovascular system

  • noun the organs and tissues involved in circulating blood and lymph through the body
    cardiovascular system.
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cartesian coordinate system

  • noun a coordinate system for which the coordinates of a point are its distances from a set perpendicular lines that intersect at the origin of the system
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caste system

  • noun a social structure in which classes are determined by heredity
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Cental system

  • the method of buying and selling by the cental, or hundredweight.
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central nervous system

  • noun the portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord
    systema nervosum centrale; CNS.
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cgs system

  • noun system of measurement based on centimeters and grams and seconds
    cgs.
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circulatory system

  • noun the organs and tissues involved in circulating blood and lymph through the body
    cardiovascular system.
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classification system

  • noun a system for classifying things
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closed-loop system

  • noun a control system with a feedback loop that is active
    closed loop.
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coding system

  • noun a system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages
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color television system

  • noun a television that transmits images in color
    color television; colour television; color TV; colour TV; color television system.
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colour television system

  • noun a television that transmits images in color
    color television; colour television; color TV; colour TV; color television system.
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combined dna index system

  • noun the DNA file maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
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communication system

  • noun a system for communicating
  • noun facility consisting of the physical plants and equipment for disseminating information
    communication equipment.
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computer system

  • noun a system of one or more computers and associated software with common storage
    ADPS; ADP system; automatic data processing system; computer system.
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computing system

  • noun a system of one or more computers and associated software with common storage
    ADPS; ADP system; automatic data processing system; computer system.
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Conservative system

  • (Mech.), a material sustem of such a nature that after the system has undergone any series of changes, and been brought back in any manner to its original state, the whole work done by external agents on the system is equal to the whole work done by the system overcoming external forces.
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consonant system

  • noun the system of consonants used in a particular language
    consonant system.
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consonantal system

  • noun the system of consonants used in a particular language
    consonant system.
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Continental system

  • (Hist.), the blockade of Great Britain ordered by Napoleon by the decree of Berlin, Nov. 21, 1806; the object being to strike a blow at the maritime and commercial supremacy of Great Britain, by cutting her off from all intercourse with the continent of Europe.
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control system

  • noun a system for controlling the operation of another system
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coolant system

  • noun a cooling system that uses a fluid to transfer heat from one place to another
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cooling system

  • noun equipment in a motor vehicle that cools the engine
    cooling system.
  • noun a mechanism for keeping something cool
    cooling.
    • the cooling was overhead fans
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coordinate system

  • noun a system that uses coordinates to establish position
    reference frame; frame of reference; coordinate system.
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copernican system

  • noun (astronomy) Copernicus' astronomical model in which the Earth rotates around the sun
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coude system

  • noun a reflecting telescope so constructed that the light is led to a plate holder or spectrograph
    coude telescope.
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credit system

  • noun a system for allowing people to purchase things on credit
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Cumbrian system

  • (Geol.), the slate or graywacke system of rocks, now included in the Cambrian or Silurian system; so called because most prominent at Cumberland.
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Cumulative votesystem of voting

  • (Politics), that system which allows to each voter as many votes as there are persons to be voted for, and permits him to accumulate these votes upon one person, or to distribute them among the candidates as he pleases.
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data system

  • noun system consisting of the network of all communication channels used within an organization
    data system.
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database management system

  • noun a software system that facilitates the creation and maintenance and use of an electronic database
    DBMS.
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decimal number system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses decimal digits and a base of ten
    decimal numeration system; decimal number system.
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decimal numeration system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses decimal digits and a base of ten
    decimal numeration system; decimal number system.
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decimal system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses decimal digits and a base of ten
    decimal numeration system; decimal number system.
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decimal system of classification

  • noun a system used by libraries to classify nonfictional publications into subject categories; the subject is indicated by a three-digit numeral and further specification is given by numerals following a decimal point; publications are shelved by number
    Dewey decimal classification; decimal system of classification.
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defence system

  • noun the weaponry available for the defense of a region
    defence system.
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defense information systems agency

  • noun a combat support agency in the Department of Defense responsible for developing and operating and supporting information systems to serve the needs of the President and the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    DISA.
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defense system

  • noun the weaponry available for the defense of a region
    defence system.
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department of defense laboratory system

  • noun a defense laboratory that provides essential services in fundamental science for national security and environmental protection and provides technologies that contribute to industrial competitiveness
    LABLINK.
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dewey decimal system

  • noun a system used by libraries to classify nonfictional publications into subject categories; the subject is indicated by a three-digit numeral and further specification is given by numerals following a decimal point; publications are shelved by number
    Dewey decimal classification; decimal system of classification.
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digestive system

  • noun the system that makes food absorbable into the body
    systema digestorium; systema alimentarium; digestive system.
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disk operating system

  • noun an operating system that is on a disk
    DOS.
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Dissipative system

  • (Mech.), an assumed system of matter and motions in which forces of friction and resistances of other kinds are introduced without regard to the heat or other molecular actions which they generate; opposed to conservative system.
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drainage system

  • noun a system of watercourses or drains for carrying off excess water
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drive line system

  • noun mechanism that transmits power from the engine to the driving wheels of a motor vehicle
    drive line.
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Dualistic system ∨ theory

  • (Chem.), the theory, originated by Lavoisier and developed by Berzelius, that all definite compounds are binary in their nature, and consist of two distinct constituents, themselves simple or complex, and possessed of opposite chemical or electrical affinities.
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duodecimal number system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses duodecimal digits and a radix of twelve
    duodecimal number system.
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duodecimal system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses duodecimal digits and a radix of twelve
    duodecimal number system.
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dynamical system

  • noun (physics) a phase space together with a transformation of that space
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early warning system

  • noun a network of radar installations designed to detect enemy missiles or aircraft while there is still time to intercept them
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economic system

  • noun the system of production and distribution and consumption
    economy.
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electoral system

  • noun a legal system for making democratic choices
    electoral system.
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electrical system

  • noun utility that provides electricity
    electrical plant.
  • noun equipment in a motor vehicle that provides electricity to start the engine and ignite the fuel and operate the lights and windshield wiper and heater and air conditioner and radio
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emergency alert system

  • noun a federal warning system that is activated by FEMA; enables the President to take over the United States airwaves to warn the whole country of major catastrophic events
    EAS.
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endocrine system

  • noun the system of glands that produce endocrine secretions that help to control bodily metabolic activity
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engine cooling system

  • noun equipment in a motor vehicle that cools the engine
    cooling system.
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english system

  • noun a system of weights and measures based on the foot and pound and second and pint
    British system; British Imperial System.
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exhaust system

  • noun system consisting of the parts of an engine through which burned gases or steam are discharged
    exhaust.
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explosive detection system

  • noun a rapid automatic system to detect plastic explosives in passengers' luggage using X-ray technology and computers; designed for use in airports
    EDS.
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farm credit system

  • noun a cooperative nationwide system of banks and associations providing credit to farmers and related businesses; originally capitalized by the federal government but now owned by its members and borrowers
    FCS.
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federal home loan bank system

  • noun the central credit system for thrift institutions
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federal reserve system

  • noun the central bank of the United States; incorporates 12 Federal Reserve branch banks and all national banks and state-chartered commercial banks and some trust companies
    FRS; Federal Reserve; Fed.
    • the Fed seeks to control the United States economy by raising and lowering short-term interest rates and the money supply
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female reproductive system

  • noun the reproductive system of females
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feudal system

  • noun the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war
    feudalism.
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fiber-optic transmission system

  • noun a communication system using fiber optic cables
    fiber-optic transmission system; FOTS.
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fibre-optic transmission system

  • noun a communication system using fiber optic cables
    fiber-optic transmission system; FOTS.
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field-sequential color television system

  • noun an early form of color TV in which successive fields are scanned in three primary colors
    field-sequential color TV; field-sequential color television system; field-sequential color television.
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field-sequential color tv system

  • noun an early form of color TV in which successive fields are scanned in three primary colors
    field-sequential color TV; field-sequential color television system; field-sequential color television.
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file system

  • noun a system of classifying into files (usually arranged alphabetically)
    file system.
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filing system

  • noun a system of classifying into files (usually arranged alphabetically)
    file system.
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fire control system

  • noun naval weaponry consisting of a system for controlling the delivery of fire on a military target
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fixed-point representation system

  • noun a radix numeration system in which the location of the decimal point is fixed by convention
    fixed-point notation.
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floating-point representation system

  • noun a radix numeration system in which the location of the decimal point is indicated by an exponent of the radix; in the floating-point representation system, 0.0012 is represented as 0.12-2 where -2 is the exponent
    floating-point notation.
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force-feed lubricating system

  • noun mechanical system of lubricating internal combustion engines in which a pump forces oil into the engine bearings
    force-feed lubricating system; lubricating system; force feed; pressure feed.
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fuel injection system

  • noun mechanical system to inject atomized fuel directly into the cylinders of an internal-combustion engine; avoids the need for a carburetor
    fuel injection.
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fuel system

  • noun equipment in a motor vehicle or aircraft that delivers fuel to the engine
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Funding system

  • a system or scheme of finance or revenue by which provision is made for paying the interest or principal of a public debt.
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gambling system

  • noun a system of rules for placing bets that is believed to lead to winning
    • he has a perfect gambling system at roulette
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gas system

  • noun facility (plant and equipment) for providing natural-gas service
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gastrointestinal system

  • noun the system that makes food absorbable into the body
    systema digestorium; systema alimentarium; digestive system.
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genital system

  • noun organs and tissues involved in the production and maturation of gametes and in their union and subsequent development as offspring
    genital system.
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genitourinary system

  • noun the system that includes all organs involved in reproduction and in the formation and voidance of urine
    genitourinary apparatus; urogenital apparatus; urinary system; systema urogenitale; apparatus urogenitalis; urinary apparatus; genitourinary system.
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global positioning system

  • noun a navigational system involving satellites and computers that can determine the latitude and longitude of a receiver on Earth by computing the time difference for signals from different satellites to reach the receiver
    GPS.
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guidance system

  • noun a system of equipment for automatically guiding the path of a vehicle (especially a missile)
    guidance device.
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heating system

  • noun utility to warm a building
    heat; heating plant; heating.
    • the heating system wasn't working
    • they have radiant heating
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hexadecimal number system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses hexadecimal digits and a radix of sixteen
    hexadecimal number system; hexadecimal system.
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hexadecimal system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses hexadecimal digits and a radix of sixteen
    hexadecimal number system; hexadecimal system.
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Hexagonal system

  • . (Crystal.) See under Crystallization.
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hierarchical classification system

  • noun a classification system where entries are arranged based on some hierarchical structure
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high fidelity sound system

  • noun equipment for the reproduction of sound with high fidelity
    hi-fi.
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highway system

  • noun a transportation system consisting of roads for motor transport
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honor system

  • noun a system of conduct in which participants are trusted not to take unfair advantage of others
    • the students are on the honor system
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hub-and-spoke system

  • noun a system of air transportation in which local airports offer air transportation to a central airport where long-distance flights are available
    hub-and-spoke.
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hydraulic system

  • noun a mechanism operated by the resistance offered or the pressure transmitted when a liquid is forced through a small opening or tube
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hydraulic transmission system

  • noun a transmission that depends on a hydraulic system
    hydraulic transmission.
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hypermedia system

  • noun a multimedia system in which related items of information are connected and can be presented together
    interactive multimedia; hypermedia system; hypermedia.
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hypertext system

  • noun a database management system that allows strings of text (`objects') to be processed as a complex network of nodes that are linked together in an arbitrary way
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ignition system

  • noun the mechanism that ignites the fuel in an internal-combustion engine
    ignition.
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immune system

  • noun a system (including the thymus and bone marrow and lymphoid tissues) that protects the body from foreign substances and pathogenic organisms by producing the immune response
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inertial guidance system

  • noun a system to control a plane or spacecraft; uses inertial forces
    inertial guidance system.
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inertial navigation system

  • noun a system to control a plane or spacecraft; uses inertial forces
    inertial guidance system.
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information processing system

  • noun a machine for performing calculations automatically
    data processor; computing machine; computing device; electronic computer; computer.
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information system

  • noun system consisting of the network of all communication channels used within an organization
    data system.
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integumentary system

  • noun the skin and its appendages
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interactive multimedia system

  • noun a multimedia system in which related items of information are connected and can be presented together
    interactive multimedia; hypermedia system; hypermedia.
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intercommunication system

  • noun a communication system linking different rooms within a building or ship etc
    intercom.
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international system

  • noun a complete metric system of units of measurement for scientists; fundamental quantities are length (meter) and mass (kilogram) and time (second) and electric current (ampere) and temperature (kelvin) and amount of matter (mole) and luminous intensity (candela)
    Systeme International; SI unit; International System of Units; International System; SI; Systeme International d'Unites.
    • Today the United States is the only country in the world not totally committed to the Systeme International d'Unites
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international system of units

  • noun a complete metric system of units of measurement for scientists; fundamental quantities are length (meter) and mass (kilogram) and time (second) and electric current (ampere) and temperature (kelvin) and amount of matter (mole) and luminous intensity (candela)
    Systeme International; SI unit; International System of Units; International System; SI; Systeme International d'Unites.
    • Today the United States is the only country in the world not totally committed to the Systeme International d'Unites
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Isotonic system

  • (Mus.), a system consisting of intervals, in which each concord is alike tempered, and in which there are twelve equal semitones.
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judicial system

  • noun the system of law courts that administer justice and constitute the judicial branch of government
    judicatory; judiciary; judicature.
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jury system

  • noun a legal system for determining the facts at issue in a law suit
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kinship system

  • noun (anthropology) the system of social relationships that constitute kinship in a particular culture, including the terminology that is used and the reciprocal obligations that are entailed
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language system

  • noun a system of linguistic units or elements used in a particular language
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Lateral system

  • (Bridge Building), the system of horizontal braces (as between two vertical trusses) by which lateral stiffness is secured.
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  • noun a system for interpreting and enforcing the laws
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lens system

  • noun a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images
    lens; lense.
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life-support system

  • noun equipment that makes life possible in otherwise deadly environmental conditions
    life support.
    • the astronauts relied on their life-support systems
  • noun medical equipment that assists or replaces important bodily functions and so enables a patient to live who otherwise might not survive
    life support.
    • the patient is on life support
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limbic system

  • noun a system of functionally related neural structures in the brain that are involved in emotional behavior
    limbic brain; visceral brain.
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Linnaean system

  • (Bot.), the system in which the classes are founded mainly upon the stamens, and the orders upon the pistils; the artificial or sexual system.
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list system

  • noun based on the principle of proportional representation; voters choose between party lists, the number elected from each list being determined by the percentage cast for each list out of the total vote
    scrutin de liste; list system.
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logical system

  • noun a system of reasoning
    logical system; logic.
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loudspeaker system

  • noun electro-acoustic transducer that converts electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance
    loudspeaker; speaker unit; loudspeaker system; speaker.
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lubricating system

  • noun mechanical system of lubricating internal combustion engines in which a pump forces oil into the engine bearings
    force-feed lubricating system; lubricating system; force feed; pressure feed.
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lymphatic system

  • noun the interconnected system of spaces and vessels between body tissues and organs by which lymph circulates throughout the body
    systema lymphaticum.
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male reproductive system

  • noun the reproductive system of males
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measuring system

  • noun instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
    measuring device; measuring instrument.
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mechanical system

  • noun a system of elements that interact on mechanical principles
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medical literature analysis and retrieval system

  • noun relational database of the United States National Library of Medicine for the storage and retrieval of bibliographical information concerning the biomedical literature
    MEDLARS.
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mercantile system

  • noun an economic system (Europe in 18th century) to increase a nation's wealth by government regulation of all of the nation's commercial interests
    mercantilism.
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merit system

  • noun the system of employing and promoting civil servants on the basis of ability
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Metric system

  • noun a decimal system of weights and measures based on the meter and the kilogram and the second
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  • a system of weights and measures originating in France, the use of which is required by law in many countries, and permitted in many others, including the United States and England. The principal unit is the meter (see Meter). From this are formed the are, the liter, the stere, the gram, etc. These units, and others derived from them, are divided decimally, and larger units are formed from multiples by 10, 100, 1,000, and 10,000. The successive multiplies are designated by the prefixes, deca-, hecto-, kilo-, and myria-; successive parts by deci-, centi-, and milli-. The prefixes mega- and micro- are sometimes used to denote a multiple by one million, and the millionth part, respectively. See the words formed with these prefixes in the Vocabulary. For metric tables, see p. 1682.
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microsoft disk operating system

  • noun an operating system developed by Bill Gates for personal computers
    MS-DOS.
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milky way system

  • noun the galaxy containing the solar system; consists of millions of stars that can be seen as a diffuse band of light stretching across the night sky
    Milky Way Galaxy; Milky Way.
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missile defence system

  • noun naval weaponry providing a defense system
    missile defence system.
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missile defense system

  • noun naval weaponry providing a defense system
    missile defence system.
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Modulus of a system of logarithms

  • (Math.), a number by which all the Napierian logarithms must be multiplied to obtain the logarithms in another system.
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monetary system

  • noun anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region
    medium of exchange.
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mononuclear phagocyte system

  • noun a widely distributed system of free and fixed macrophages derived from bone marrow
    mononuclear phagocyte system; MPS.
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morphophonemic system

  • noun the morphophonemics of a particular language
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multimedia system

  • noun transmission that combine media of communication (text and graphics and sound etc.)
    multimedia.
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muscle system

  • noun the muscular system of an organism
    musculature; muscular structure.
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musculoskeletal system

  • noun the system of muscles and tendons and ligaments and bones and joints and associated tissues that move the body and maintain its form
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Natural system

  • (Bot. & Zoöl.), a classification based upon real affinities, as shown in the structure of all parts of the organisms, and by their embryology.
    It should be borne in mind that the natural system of botany is natural only in the constitution of its genera, tribes, orders, etc., and in its grand divisions. Gray.
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  • noun a shipboard system for collecting and displaying tactical data
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  • noun a system that provides information useful in determining the position and course of a ship or aircraft
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Nervous system

  • noun the sensory and control apparatus consisting of a network of nerve cells
    systema nervosum.
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  • (Anat.), the specialized coördinating apparatus which endows animals with sensation and volition. In vertebrates it is often divided into three systems: the central, brain and spinal cord; the peripheral, cranial and spinal nerves; and the sympathetic. See Brain, Nerve, Spinal cord, under Spinal, and Sympathetic system, under Sympathetic, and Illust. in Appendix.
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nonlinear system

  • noun a system whose performance cannot be described by equations of the first degree
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notational system

  • noun a technical system of symbols used to represent special things
    notation.
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number representation system

  • noun any notation for the representation of numbers
    numeration system; number system; number representation system.
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number system

  • noun any notation for the representation of numbers
    numeration system; number system; number representation system.
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numeration system

  • noun any notation for the representation of numbers
    numeration system; number system; number representation system.
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object-oriented database management system

  • noun a database management system designed to manage an object-oriented database
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Oblique system of coördinates

  • (Anal. Geom.), a system in which the coördinate axes are oblique to each other.
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octal number system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses octal digits and a radix of eight
    octal number system.
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octal numeration system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses octal digits and a radix of eight
    octal number system.
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operating system

  • noun (computer science) software that controls the execution of computer programs and may provide various services
    OS.
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p.a. system

  • noun an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas
    PA; P.A.; PA system; P.A. system.
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pa system

  • noun an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas
    PA; P.A.; PA system; P.A. system.
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parasympathetic nervous system

  • noun originates in the brain stem and lower part of the spinal cord; opposes physiological effects of the sympathetic nervous system: stimulates digestive secretions; slows the heart; constricts the pupils; dilates blood vessels
    parasympathetic.
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patent system

  • noun a legal system for protecting the rights of inventors
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peripheral nervous system

  • noun the section of the nervous system lying outside the brain and spinal cord
    systema nervosum periphericum.
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philosophical system

  • noun a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
    philosophy; school of thought; ism; doctrine.
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phone system

  • noun a communication system that transmits sound between distant points
    phone system.
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phonemic system

  • noun the system of phonemes recognized in a language
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phonologic system

  • noun the system of phones used in a particular language
    phonologic system.
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phonological system

  • noun the system of phones used in a particular language
    phonologic system.
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plumbing system

  • noun utility consisting of the pipes and fixtures for the distribution of water or gas in a building and for the disposal of sewage
    plumbing.
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point system

  • noun a system of evaluation based on awarding points according to rules
  • noun a system of graduating sizes of type in multiples of the point
  • noun a system of writing or printing using patterns of raised dots that can be read by touch
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Point system of type

  • . See under Type.
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Point system of type bodies

  • (Type Founding), a system adopted by the type founders of the United States by which the various sizes of type have been so modified and changed that each size bears an exact proportional relation to every other size. The system is a modification of a French system, and is based on the pica body. This pica body is divided into twelfths, which are termed "points," and every type body consist of a given number of these points. Many of the type founders indicate the new sizes of type by the number of points, and the old names are gradually being done away with. By the point system type founders cast type of a uniform size and height, whereas formerly fonts of pica or other type made by different founders would often vary slightly so that they could not be used together. There are no type in actual use corresponding to the smaller theoretical sizes of the point system. In some cases, as in that of ruby, the term used designates a different size from that heretofore so called.
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political system

  • noun the members of a social organization who are in power
    form of government.
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portal system

  • noun system of veins that carry blood from the abdominal organs to the liver
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positional representation system

  • noun a numeration system in which a real number is represented by an ordered set of characters where the value of a character depends on its position
    positional notation.
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power system

  • noun a system of high tension cables by which electrical power is distributed throughout a region
    grid; power grid.
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pressure-feed lubricating system

  • noun mechanical system of lubricating internal combustion engines in which a pump forces oil into the engine bearings
    force-feed lubricating system; lubricating system; force feed; pressure feed.
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pricing system

  • noun a system for setting prices on goods or services
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promotion system

  • noun a system for advancing participants to higher-status positions
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propulsion system

  • noun a system that provides a propelling or driving force
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prosodic system

  • noun the system of accentuation used in a particular language
    accentual system.
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Ptolemaic system

  • noun (astronomy) Ptolemy's model of the universe with the Earth at the center
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  • (Astron.), the system maintained by Ptolemy, who supposed the earth to be fixed in the center of the universe, with the sun and stars revolving around it. This theory was received for ages, until superseded by the Copernican system.
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public address system

  • noun an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas
    PA; P.A.; PA system; P.A. system.
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pure binary numeration system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses binary digits and a radix of two
    binary system; binary numeration system; binary number system.
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purkinje's system

  • noun a network of Purkinje fibers that carry the cardiac impulse from the atrioventricular node to the ventricles of the heart and causes them to contract
    Purkinje's tissue; Purkinje network.
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pyramidal motor system

  • noun any of the important motor nerves on each side of the central nervous system that run from the sensorimotor areas of the cortex through the brainstem to motor neurons of the cranial nerve nuclei and the ventral root of the spinal cord
    corticospinal tract; pyramidal tract.
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Pythagorean system

  • (Astron.), the commonly received system of astronomy, first taught by Pythagoras, and afterward revived by Copernicus, whence it is also called the Copernican system.
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quadraphonic system

  • noun a stereophonic sound recording or reproducing system using four separate channels
    quadraphonic system; quadraphony.
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quadriphonic system

  • noun a stereophonic sound recording or reproducing system using four separate channels
    quadraphonic system; quadraphony.
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Quadruplex system

  • (Electric Telegraph), a system by which four messages, two in each direction, may be sent simultaneously over the wire.
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Quinary system

  • (Zoöl.), a fanciful classification based on the hypothesis that each group contains five types.
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railway system

  • noun line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
    railway line; railway; railroad; railroad line.
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rating system

  • noun a system of classifying according to quality or merit or amount
    rating system.
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receiving system

  • noun set that receives radio or tv signals
    receiver.
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recording system

  • noun audio system for recoding sound
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reference system

  • noun a system that uses coordinates to establish position
    reference frame; frame of reference; coordinate system.
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refrigeration system

  • noun a cooling system for chilling or freezing (usually for preservative purposes)
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relational database management system

  • noun a database management system designed to manage a relational database
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reproductive system

  • noun organs and tissues involved in the production and maturation of gametes and in their union and subsequent development as offspring
    genital system.
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respiratory system

  • noun the system for taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide; in terrestrial animals this is accomplished by breathing
    systema respiratorium.
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reticular activating system

  • noun the network in the reticular formation that serves an alerting or arousal function
    RAS.
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reticuloendothelial system

  • noun a widely distributed system consisting of all the cells able to ingest bacteria or colloidal particles etc, except for certain white blood cells
    RES.
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Rhombohedral system

  • (Crystallog.), a division of the hexagonal system embracing the rhombohedron, scalenohedron, etc.
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root system

  • noun a developed system of roots
    rootage.
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school system

  • noun establishment including the plant and equipment for providing education from kindergarten through high school
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scoring system

  • noun a system of classifying according to quality or merit or amount
    rating system.
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scrutin de liste system

  • noun based on the principle of proportional representation; voters choose between party lists, the number elected from each list being determined by the percentage cast for each list out of the total vote
    scrutin de liste; list system.
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scrutin uninomial system

  • noun based on the principle of having only one member (as of a legislature) selected from each electoral district
    scrutin uninominal voting system; uninominal system; single-member system; scrutin uninomial system.
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scrutin uninominal voting system

  • noun based on the principle of having only one member (as of a legislature) selected from each electoral district
    scrutin uninominal voting system; uninominal system; single-member system; scrutin uninomial system.
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security system

  • noun (computing) a system that enforces boundaries between computer networks
  • noun an electrical device that sets off an alarm when someone tries to break in
    security; security measure.
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selective service system

  • noun an independent federal agency that administers compulsory military service
    Selective Service; SSS.
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sensory system

  • noun a particular sense
    modality; sense modality.
  • noun the body's system of sense organs
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sewage system

  • noun facility consisting of a system of sewers for carrying off liquid and solid sewage
    sewage system; sewage works.
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sewer system

  • noun facility consisting of a system of sewers for carrying off liquid and solid sewage
    sewage system; sewage works.
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sexadecimal number system

  • noun a positional system of numeration that uses hexadecimal digits and a radix of sixteen
    hexadecimal number system; hexadecimal system.
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ship-towed long-range acoustic detection system

  • noun a shipboard system consisting of an acoustic detection system that is towed behind the ship
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shipboard system

  • noun a system designed to work as a coherent entity on board a naval ship
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si system

  • noun a complete metric system of units of measurement for scientists; fundamental quantities are length (meter) and mass (kilogram) and time (second) and electric current (ampere) and temperature (kelvin) and amount of matter (mole) and luminous intensity (candela)
    Systeme International; SI unit; International System of Units; International System; SI; Systeme International d'Unites.
    • Today the United States is the only country in the world not totally committed to the Systeme International d'Unites
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single-member system

  • noun based on the principle of having only one member (as of a legislature) selected from each electoral district
    scrutin uninominal voting system; uninominal system; single-member system; scrutin uninomial system.
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skeletal system

  • noun the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
    systema skeletale; frame; skeleton.
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small computer system interface

  • noun interface consisting of a standard port between a computer and its peripherals that is used in some computers
    SCSI.
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social system

  • noun the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships
    social organisation; social organization; social structure; structure.
    • the social organization of England and America is very different
    • sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family
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software system

  • noun (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory
    computer software; package; software program; software package; software.
    • the market for software is expected to expand
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Solar system

  • noun the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it in its gravitational field
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  • (Astron.), the sun, with the group of celestial bodies which, held by its attraction, revolve round it. The system comprises the major planets, with their satellites; the minor planets, or asteroids, and the comets; also, the meteorids, the matter that furnishes the zodiacal light, and the rings of Saturn. The satellites that revolve about the major planets are twenty-two in number, of which the Earth has one (see Moon.), Mars two, Jupiter five, Saturn nine, Uranus four, and Neptune one. The asteroids, between Mars and Jupiter, thus far discovered (1900), number about five hundred, the first four of which were found near the beginning of the century, and are called Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and Vesta. The principal elements of the major planets, and of the comets seen at more than one perihelion passage, are exhibited in the following tables: I. Major Planets.Symbol.Name.Mean distance that of the Earth being unity.Period in days.Eccentricity.Inclination of orbit.Diameter in miles
    II. Periodic Comets.Name.Greatest distance from sun.Least distance from sun.Inclination of orbit.Perihelion passage.° &min; 54Encke's3.314.100.34212 541885.2
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solar thermal system

  • noun a system that converts sunlight into heat
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somatic sensory system

  • noun the faculty of bodily perception; sensory systems associated with the body; includes skin senses and proprioception and the internal organs
    somatic sensory system; somesthesis; somaesthesis; somataesthesis; somatesthesia; somatic sense; somesthesia; somaesthesia.
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somatosensory system

  • noun the faculty of bodily perception; sensory systems associated with the body; includes skin senses and proprioception and the internal organs
    somatic sensory system; somesthesis; somaesthesis; somataesthesis; somatesthesia; somatic sense; somesthesia; somaesthesia.
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sound system

  • noun a system of electronic equipment for recording or reproducing sound
    audio system.
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speaker system

  • noun electro-acoustic transducer that converts electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance
    loudspeaker; speaker unit; loudspeaker system; speaker.
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spoils system

  • noun the system of employing and promoting civil servants who are friends and supporters of the group in power
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sprinkler system

  • noun a system for extinguishing fires; water from a network of overhead pipes is released through nozzles that open automatically with the rise in temperature
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steering system

  • noun a mechanism by which something is steered (especially a motor vehicle)
    steering mechanism.
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stereo system

  • noun reproducer in which two microphones feed two or more loudspeakers to give a three-dimensional effect to the sound
    stereo; stereo system; stereophony.
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stereophonic system

  • noun reproducer in which two microphones feed two or more loudspeakers to give a three-dimensional effect to the sound
    stereo; stereo system; stereophony.
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subway system

  • noun an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city)
    underground; tube; subway; metro.
    • in Paris the subway system is called the `metro' and in London it is called the `tube' or the `underground'
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Supply system

  • (Zoöl.), the system of tubes and canals in sponges by means of which food and water are absorbed. See Illust. of Spongiæ.
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support system

  • noun a network of facilities and people who interact and remain in informal communication for mutual assistance; a network that enables you to live in a certain style
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surface-to-air missile system

  • noun the shipboard system that fires missiles at aircraft
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surveillance system

  • noun a closed-circuit television system used to maintain close observation of a person or group
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suspension system

  • noun a mechanical system of springs or shock absorbers connecting the wheels and axles to the chassis of a wheeled vehicle
    suspension.
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sympathetic nervous system

  • noun originates in the thoracic regions of the spinal cord; opposes physiological effects of the parasympathetic: reduces digestive secretions; speeds the heart; contracts blood vessels
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Sympathetic system

  • (Anat.), a system of nerves and nerve ganglions connected with the alimentary canal, the vascular system, and the glandular organs of most vertebrates, and controlling more or less their actions. The axial part of the system and its principal ganglions and nerves are situated in the body cavity and form a chain of ganglions on each side of the vertebral column connected with numerous other ganglions and nerve plexuses.
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system administrator

  • noun a person in charge of managing and maintaining a computer system of telecommunication system (as for a business or institution)
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system call

  • noun an instruction that interrupts the program being executed and passes control to the supervisor
    supervisor call instruction.
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system clock

  • noun a time-of-day clock in a computer system
  • noun an electronic device in a computer that issues a steady high-frequency signal that synchronizes all the internal components
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system command

  • noun a computer user's instruction (not part of a program) that calls for action by the computer's executive program
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system error

  • noun an instruction that is either not recognized by an operating system or is in violation of the procedural rules
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system of logic

  • noun a system of reasoning
    logical system; logic.
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system of macrophages

  • noun a widely distributed system of free and fixed macrophages derived from bone marrow
    mononuclear phagocyte system; MPS.
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system of measurement

  • noun a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic
    metric.
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system of numeration

  • noun any notation for the representation of numbers
    numeration system; number system; number representation system.
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system of rules

  • noun a complex of methods or rules governing behavior
    system.
    • they have to operate under a system they oppose
    • that language has a complex system for indicating gender
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system of weights

  • noun a system of units used to express the weight of something
    weight.
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system of weights and measures

  • noun system of measurement for length and weight and duration
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system program

  • noun a program (as an operating system or compiler or utility program) that controls some aspect of the operation of a computer
    system program; systems program.
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systems analysis

  • noun analysis of all aspects of a project along with ways to collect information about the operation of its parts
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systems analyst

  • noun a person skilled at systems analysis
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systems program

  • noun a program (as an operating system or compiler or utility program) that controls some aspect of the operation of a computer
    system program; systems program.
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systems software

  • noun a program (as an operating system or compiler or utility program) that controls some aspect of the operation of a computer
    system program; systems program.
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target acquisition system

  • noun a shipboard system for the detection and identification and location of a target with enough detail to permit effective weapon employment
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tax system

  • noun a legal system for assessing and collecting taxes
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telecom system

  • noun a communication system for communicating at a distance
    telecommunication equipment; telecom system; telecom equipment.
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telecommunication system

  • noun a communication system for communicating at a distance
    telecommunication equipment; telecom system; telecom equipment.
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telephone system

  • noun a communication system that transmits sound between distant points
    phone system.
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television system

  • noun a telecommunication system that transmits images of objects (stationary or moving) between distant points
    television.
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tense system

  • noun a system of tenses used in a particular language
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The Jonesian system

  • a system of transliterating Oriental words by English letters, invented by Sir William Jones.
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The spoils system

  • the theory or practice of regarding public and their emoluments as so much plunder to be distributed among their active partisans by those who are chosen to responsible offices of administration.
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theological system

  • noun a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings
    theology.
    • Jewish theology
    • Roman Catholic theology
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time-delay measuring system

  • noun chronoscope for measuring the time difference between two events
    time-delay measuring instrument.
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tonal system

  • noun the system of tones used in a particular language or dialect of a tone language
    tonal system.
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tone system

  • noun the system of tones used in a particular language or dialect of a tone language
    tonal system.
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touch system

  • noun typewriting in which the fingers are trained to hit particular keys; typist can read and type at the same time
    touch typing.
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transmission system

  • noun the gears that transmit power from an automobile engine via the driveshaft to the live axle
    transmission.
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transportation system

  • noun a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
    transit; transportation.
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twelve-tone system

  • noun a type of serial music introduced by Arnold Schoenberg; uses a tone row formed by the twelve semitones of the chromatic scale (and inverted or backward versions of the row)
    12-tone music; 12-tone system; twelve-tone music.
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uninominal system

  • noun based on the principle of having only one member (as of a legislature) selected from each electoral district
    scrutin uninominal voting system; uninominal system; single-member system; scrutin uninomial system.
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uninominal voting system

  • noun based on the principle of having only one member (as of a legislature) selected from each electoral district
    scrutin uninominal voting system; uninominal system; single-member system; scrutin uninomial system.
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united states customary system

  • noun the system of weights and measures based on the foot and pound and second and pint that dates back to colonial America but differs in some respects from the British Imperial System; today in the United States this system exists side by side with the SI system
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unix operating system

  • noun trademark for a powerful operating system
    UNIX; UNIX operating system.
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unix system

  • noun trademark for a powerful operating system
    UNIX; UNIX operating system.
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urinary system

  • noun the system that includes all organs involved in reproduction and in the formation and voidance of urine
    genitourinary apparatus; urogenital apparatus; urinary system; systema urogenitale; apparatus urogenitalis; urinary apparatus; genitourinary system.
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urogenital system

  • noun the system that includes all organs involved in reproduction and in the formation and voidance of urine
    genitourinary apparatus; urogenital apparatus; urinary system; systema urogenitale; apparatus urogenitalis; urinary apparatus; genitourinary system.
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value-system

  • noun the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group
    ethic; value orientation; moral principle.
    • the Puritan ethic
    • a person with old-fashioned values
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Vascular system

  • noun the vessels and tissue that carry or circulate fluids such as blood or lymph or sap through the body of an animal or plant
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  • (Bot.), the body of associated ducts and woody fiber; the fibrovascular part of plants.
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venous blood system

  • noun (zoology) the system of venous blood vessels in an animal
    venation.
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ventilating system

  • noun a mechanical system in a building that provides fresh air
    ventilation; ventilating system.
    • she was continually adjusting the ventilation
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ventilation system

  • noun a mechanical system in a building that provides fresh air
    ventilation; ventilating system.
    • she was continually adjusting the ventilation
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vestibular system

  • noun organs mediating the labyrinthine sense; concerned with equilibrium
    vestibular apparatus.
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visual system

  • noun the sensory system for vision
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voting system

  • noun a legal system for making democratic choices
    electoral system.
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vowel system

  • noun the system of vowels used in a particular language
    vocalism.
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Warehousing system

  • an arrangement for lodging imported articles in the customhouse stores, without payment of duties until they are taken out for home consumption. If reëxported, they are not charged with a duty. See Bonded warehouse, under Bonded, a.
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water system

  • noun a river and all of its tributaries
  • noun a facility that provides a source of water
    water; water supply.
    • the town debated the purification of the water supply
    • first you have to cut off the water
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Water vascular system

  • noun system of fluid-filled tubes used by echinoderms in locomotion and feeding and respiration
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  • (Zoöl.), a system of vessels in annelids, nemerteans, and many other invertebrates, containing a circulating fluid analogous to blood, but not of the same composition. In annelids the fluid which they contain is usually red, but in some it is green, in others yellow, or whitish.
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Wave-line system, Wave-line theory

  • (Shipbuilding), a system or theory of designing the lines of a vessel, which takes into consideration the length and shape of a wave which travels at a certain speed.
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weapon system

  • noun any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
    weapon; arm.
    • he was licensed to carry a weapon
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weapons system

  • noun weapons considered collectively
    weaponry; implements of war; arms; munition.
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Web system

  • (Engin.), the system of braces connecting the flanges of a lattice girder, post, or the like.
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word processing system

  • noun an application that provides the user with tools needed to write and edit and format text and to send it to a printer
    word processor.
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writing system

  • noun a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
    orthography.
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