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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SYSTEM

But you can last longer if you jest keep the system in mind a little.

They possessed a system of writing of their own which they thought vastly superior.

This system, once invented, was developed during thousands of years.

That system has never failed us, but, for a time, we failed the system.

It was charged that the system of education at Eton failed in every point.

It was asserted that the system was only slavery under another name.

The duties were to be reduced and the system improved, but the principle was to be maintained.

On the way the leader explained his system briefly and clearly.

Being part of the system of Mammon it could do nothing else than fail.

Reasons why this system cannot now be carried out in its entirety.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "the whole creation, the universe," from Late Latin systema "an arrangement, system," from Greek systema "organized whole, body," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + root of histanai "cause to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Meaning "set of correlated principles, facts, ideas, etc." first recorded 1630s. Meaning "animal body as an organized whole, sum of the vital processes in an organism" is recorded from 1680s; hence figurative phrase to get (something) out of one's system (1900). Computer sense of "group of related programs" is recorded from 1963. All systems go (1962) is from U.S. space program.

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