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{adj: Taoist} of or relating to the popular Chinese religious system based on the teachings of Lao-tzu but including a pantheon of gods along with divination and magic
"Taoist temples"



{adj: centripetal, receptive, sensory} of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system
"sensory neurons"

{adj: charged} of a particle or body or system; having a net amount of positive or negative electric charge
"charged particles"
"a charged battery"
<-> uncharged

{adj: fossilized, fossilised, ossified} set in a rigidly conventional pattern of behavior, habits, or beliefs
"obsolete fossilized ways"
"an ossified bureaucratic system"

{adj: leaky} permitting the unwanted passage of fluids or gases
"a leaky roof"
"a leaky defense system"
<-> tight

{adj: orienting, orientating} positioning with respect to a reference system or determining your bearings physically or intellectually
"noticed the bee's momentary orienting pause before heading back to the hive"
"an orienting program for new employees"
<-> disorienting

{adj: parasympathetic} of or relating to the parasympathetic nervous system

{adj: parasympathomimetic} having an effect similar to that resulting from stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system
"parasympathomimetic drugs slow the heart rate"

{adj: porous} able to absorb fluids
"the partly porous walls of our digestive system"
"compacting the soil to make it less porous"

{adj: present} temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration
"the present leader"
"articles for present use"
"the present topic"
"the present system"
"present observations"
<-> future, past

{adj: uncharged} of a particle or body or system; having no charge
"an uncharged particle"
"an uncharged battery"
<-> charged


{adv: de facto} in reality or fact
"the result was, de facto, a one-party system"

{adv: pat} completely or perfectly
"he has the lesson pat"
"had the system down pat"

{n: Bose-Einstein statistics} (physics) statistical law obeyed by a system of particles whose wave function is not changed when two particles are interchanged (the Pauli exclusion principle does not apply)

{n: Burke, Edmund Burke} English statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)

{n: Nash equilibrium} (game theory) a stable state of a system that involves several interacting participants in which no participant can gain by a change of strategy as long as all the other participants remain unchanged

{n: Neoplatonism} a system of philosophical and theological doctrines composed of elements of Platonism and Aristotelianism and oriental mysticism; its most distinctive doctrine holds that the first principle and source of reality transcends being and thought and is naturally unknowable
"Neoplatonism was predominant in pagan Europe until the 6th century"
"Neoplatonism was a major influence on early Christian writers and on later medieval and Renaissance thought and on Islamic philosophy"

{n: PAYE, pay as you earn} the British system of withholding tax

{n: Pauli exclusion principle, exclusion principle} no two electrons or protons or neutrons in a given system can be in states characterized by the same set of quantum numbers

{n: RAM disk} (computer science) a virtual drive that is created by setting aside part of the random-access memory to use as if it were a group of sectors
"access to a RAM disk is very fast but the data it contains is lost when the system is turned off"

{n: Spinoza, de Spinoza, Baruch de Spinoza, Benedict de Spinoza} Dutch philosopher who espoused a pantheistic system (1632-1677)

{n: Swedish massage} massage combined with a system of active and passive exercises for the muscles and joints

{n: Taoism, Hsuan Chiao} popular Chinese philosophical system based in teachings of Lao-tzu but characterized by a pantheism of many gods and the practices of alchemy and divination and magic

{n: accentual system, prosodic system} the system of accentuation used in a particular language

{n: accounting, accounting system, method of accounting} a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts

{n: air transportation system} a transportation system for moving passengers or goods by air

{n: al-Rashid Trust} a terrorist group organized in 1996 after the Taliban took over Afghanistan and part of Osama bin Laden's international system; provides financial support for the Taliban and al-Qaeda and Jaish-i-Mohammed and assists Muslim militants around the world; established a network of madrasas and mosques in Afghanistan

{n: amygdala, amygdaloid nucleus, corpus amygdaloideum} an almond-shaped neural structure in the anterior part of the temporal lobe of the cerebrum; intimately connected with the hypothalamus and the hippocampus and the cingulate gyrus; as part of the limbic system it plays an important role in motivation and emotional behavior

{n: anarthria} partial or total loss of articulate speech resulting from lesions of the central nervous system

{n: autonomic nervous system, ANS} the part of the nervous system of vertebrates that controls involuntary actions of the smooth muscles and heart and glands

{n: balance of payments, balance of international payments} a system of recording all of a country's economic transactions with the rest of the world over a period of one year
"a favorable balance of payments exists when more payments are coming in than going out"

{n: body} a collection of particulars considered as a system
"a body of law"
"a body of doctrine"
"a body of precedents"

{n: braille} a point system of writing in which patterns of raised dots represent letters and numerals

{n: brain, encephalon} that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord

{n: brake system, the brakes} a brake consisting of a combination of interacting parts that work to slow a motor vehicle

{n: buddy system} a cooperative practice of pairing two or more people together for mutual assistance or safety (especially in recreational swimming)

{n: buffer, buffer storage, buffer store} (computer science) a part of RAM used for temporary storage of data that is waiting to be sent to a device; used to compensate for differences in the rate of flow of data between components of a computer system

{n: cancer, malignant neoplastic disease} any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream

{n: capture} any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle

{n: cingulate gyrus, gyrus cinguli} a long curved structure on the medial surface of the cerebral hemispheres; the cortical part of the limbic system

{n: component, constituent, element} an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system
"spare components for cars"
"a component or constituent element of a system"

{n: computer architecture} the art of assembling logical elements into a computing device; the specification of the relation between parts of a computer system

{n: conduit} a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass
"the computers were connected through a system of conduits"

{n: consonant system, consonantal system} the system of consonants used in a particular language

{n: coolant} a fluid agent (gas or liquid) that produces cooling; especially one used to cool a system by transferring heat away from one part to another
"he added more coolant to the car's radiator"
"the atomic reactor used a gas coolant"
"lathe operators use an emulsion of oil and water as a coolant for the cutting tool"

{n: cooling tower} a cooling system used in industry to cool hot water (by partial evaporation) before reusing it as a coolant

{n: corrections} the social control of offenders through a system of imprisonment and rehabilitation and probation and parole

{n: degree of freedom} one of the minimum number of parameters needed to describe the state of a physical system

{n: early warning radar} a radar that is part of an early warning system

{n: error correction code, ECC} (telecommunication) a coding system that incorporates extra parity bits in order to detect errors

{n: exhaust, exhaust system} system consisting of the parts of an engine through which burned gases or steam are discharged

{n: explosive detection system, EDS} a rapid automatic system to detect plastic explosives in passengers' luggage using X-ray technology and computers; designed for use in airports

{n: explosive trace detection, ETD} a system for screening luggage in airports; an agent passes a swab around or inside luggage and then runs the swab through a machine that can detect trace amounts of explosives

{n: feedback} the process in which part of the output of a system is returned to its input in order to regulate its further output

{n: fragmentation} (computer science) the condition of a file that is broken up and stored in many different locations on a magnetic disk
"fragmentation slows system performance because it takes extra time to locate and assemble the parts of the fragmented file"

{n: guidance system, guidance device} a system of equipment for automatically guiding the path of a vehicle (especially a missile)

{n: herpes simplex} an infection caused by the herpes simples virus; affects the skin and nervous system; produces small temporary (but sometimes painful) blisters on the skin and mucous membranes

{n: hippocampus} a complex neural structure (shaped like a sea horse) consisting of grey matter and located on the floor of each lateral ventricle; intimately involved in motivation and emotion as part of the limbic system; has a central role in the formation of memories

{n: honor system} a system of conduct in which participants are trusted not to take unfair advantage of others
"the students are on the honor system"

{n: hookup, assemblage} a system of components assembled together for a particular purpose

{n: hydraulic brake, hydraulic brakes} brake system in which a brake pedal moves a piston in the master cylinder; brake fluid then applies great force to the brake pads or shoes

{n: hypothalamus} a basal part of the diencephalon governing autonomic nervous system

{n: immune system} 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

{n: immunodeficiency} immunological disorder in which some part of the body's immune system is inadequate and resistance to infectious diseases is reduced
<-> immunocompetence

{n: immunopathology} the branch of immunology that deals with pathologies of the immune system

{n: installment plan, installment buying, time plan} a system for paying for goods by installments

{n: interplanetary space} the part of outer space within the solar system

{n: kuru} a progressive disease of the central nervous system marked by increasing lack of coordination and advancing to paralysis and death within a year of the appearance of symptoms; thought to have been transmitted by cannibalistic consumption of diseased brain tissue since the disease virtually disappeared when cannibalism was abandoned

{n: language system} a system of linguistic units or elements used in a particular language

{n: leukocyte, leucocyte, white blood cell, white cell, white blood corpuscle, white corpuscle, WBC} blood cells that engulf and digest bacteria and fungi; an important part of the body's defense system

{n: life-support system, life support} medical equipment that assists or replaces important bodily functions and so enables a patient to live who otherwise might not survive
"the patient is on life support"

{n: list system, scrutin de liste, scrutin de liste system} 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

{n: mail} a conveyance that transports the letters and packages that are conveyed by the postal system

{n: maze, labyrinth} complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost

{n: medium of exchange, monetary system} anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region

{n: metastability} the quality of a physical system that persists in its existing equilibrium when undisturbed (or only slightly disturbed) but able to pass to a more stable equilibrium when sufficiently disturbed

{n: methodology} the system of methods followed in a particular discipline

{n: metro, tube, underground, subway system, subway} an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city)
"in Paris the subway system is called the `metro' and in London it is called the `tube' or the `underground'"

{n: microfiche} small sheet of microfilm on which many pages of material have been photographed; a magnification system is used to read the material

{n: microprocessor} integrated circuit semiconductor chip that performs the bulk of the processing and controls the parts of a system
"a microprocessor functions as the central processing unit of a microcomputer"
"a disk drive contains a microprocessor to handle the internal functions of the drive"

{n: modality, sense modality, sensory system} a particular sense

{n: morphophonemic system} the morphophonemics of a particular language

{n: mouth} the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening
"she wiped lipstick from her mouth"

{n: myelomeningocele} a congenital defect of the central nervous system in which a sac containing part of the spinal cord and its meninges protrude through a gap in the vertebral column; frequently accompanied by hydrocephalus and mental retardation

{n: network, web} an interconnected system of things or people
"he owned a network of shops"
"retirement meant dropping out of a whole network of people who had been part of my life"
"tangled in a web of cloth"

{n: neural structure} a structure that is part of the nervous system

{n: neurobiology} the branch of biology that deals with the anatomy and physiology and pathology of the nervous system

{n: no fault insurance, no fault automobile insurance} a system of automobile insurance where a party who is injured in an automobile accident recovers damages up to a specific amount against his own insurance company regardless of who was responsible for the accident
"the amount of litigation resulting from minor accidents is reduced by no fault insurance"

{n: nomenklatura} the system of patronage in Communist countries; controlled by committees in the Communist Party

{n: packed cells} a preparation of blood cells separated from the liquid plasma
"packed cells are given to severely anemic patients in order to avoid overloading the circulatory system with too much fluid"

{n: pagination, folio, page number, paging} the system of numbering pages

{n: paging} calling out the name of a person (especially by a loudspeaker system)
"the public address system in the hospital was used for paging"

{n: panel heating} heating system consisting of wall or floor or baseboard or ceiling panels containing electric conductors or heating pipes

{n: paralysis agitans, Parkinsonism, Parkinson's disease, Parkinson's syndrome, Parkinson's, shaking palsy} a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system characterized by tremor and impaired muscular coordination

{n: parameter} any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance

{n: parasympathetic nervous system, parasympathetic} 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

{n: parity check, redundant check, odd-even check} a system of checking for errors in computer functioning

{n: parity, conservation of parity, space-reflection symmetry, mirror symmetry} (physics) parity is conserved in a universe in which the laws of physics are the same in a right-handed system of coordinates as in a left-handed system

{n: partition} (computer science) the part of a hard disk that is dedicated to a particular operating system or application and accessed as a single unit

{n: patent system} a legal system for protecting the rights of inventors

{n: phonological system, phonologic system} the system of phones used in a particular language

{n: platform} the combination of a particular computer and a particular operating system

{n: poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern, prosody} (prosody) a system of versification

{n: point system} a system of writing or printing using patterns of raised dots that can be read by touch

{n: primary health care} health care that is provided by a health care professional in the first contact of a patient with the health care system

{n: prion} (microbiology) an infectious protein particle similar to a virus but lacking nucleic acid; thought to be the agent responsible for scrapie and other degenerative diseases of the nervous system

{n: promotion system} a system for advancing participants to higher-status positions

{n: public address system, P.A. system, PA system, P.A., PA} an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas

{n: public transit} a public transportation system for moving passengers

{n: quasiparticle} a quantum of energy (in a crystal lattice or other system) that has position and momentum and can in some respects be regarded as a particle

{n: radio link, link} a two-way radio communication system (usually microwave); part of a more extensive telecommunication network

{n: radio transmitter} transmitter that is the part of a radio system that transmits signals

{n: railway, railroad, railroad line, railway line, railway system} line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight

{n: reticuloendothelial system, RES} a widely distributed system consisting of all the cells able to ingest bacteria or colloidal particles etc, except for certain white blood cells

{n: reversible process} any process in which a system can be made to pass through the same states in the reverse order when the process is reversed
<-> irreversible process

{n: salivary gland} any of three pairs of glands in the mouth and digestive system that secrete saliva for digestion

{n: script} a particular orthography or writing system

{n: sensory nerve, afferent nerve, afferent} a nerve that passes impulses from receptors toward or to the central nervous system

{n: sheep-tick, sheep tick, Ixodes ricinus} parasitic on sheep and cattle as well as humans; can transmit looping ill in sheep (acute viral disease of the nervous system); a vector for Lyme disease spirochete

{n: smoothness} the quality of having a level and even surface
"the water was a glassy smoothness"
"the weather system of the Pacific is determined by the uninterrupted smoothness of the ocean"

{n: social organization, social organisation, social structure, social system, structure} the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships
"the social organization of England and America is very different"
"sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"

{n: software, software program, computer software, software system, software package, package} (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
"the market for software is expected to expand"
<-> hardware

{n: spallation} (physics) a nuclear reaction in which a bombarded nucleus breaks up into many particles
"some astronomers believe that the solar system was formed by spallation when the sun was a very young star"

{n: spinal cord, medulla spinalis} a major part of the central nervous system which conducts sensory and motor nerve impulses to and from the brain; a long tubelike structure extending from the base of the brain through the vertebral canal to the upper lumbar region

{n: splanchnic nerve} any of several nerves of the sympathetic part of the autonomic nervous system that innervate viscera and blood vessels

{n: subsystem} a system that is part of some larger system

{n: subway token} a token that is used to pay for entry to the subway system

{n: sympathectomy} surgical interruption of a nerve pathway in the sympathetic nervous system

{n: sympathetic nervous system} originates in the thoracic regions of the spinal cord; opposes physiological effects of the parasympathetic: reduces digestive secretions; speeds the heart; contracts blood vessels

{n: system call, supervisor call instruction} an instruction that interrupts the program being executed and passes control to the supervisor

{n: system command} a computer user's instruction (not part of a program) that calls for action by the computer's executive program

{n: system of measurement, metric} a system of related measures that facilitates the quantification of some particular characteristic

{n: system} a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts
"the body has a system of organs for digestion"

{n: television transmitter} transmitter that is part of a television system

{n: tense system} a system of tenses used in a particular language

{n: tenure, land tenure} the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands

{n: terminology, nomenclature, language} a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
"legal terminology"
"biological nomenclature"
"the language of sociology"

{n: theology, theological system} a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings
"Jewish theology"
"Roman Catholic theology"

{n: thermal equilibrium} a state in which all parts of a system are at the same temperature

{n: third party} a political party organized in opposition to the major parties in a two-party system

{n: throughput} output relative to input; the amount passing through a system from input to output (especially of a computer program over a period of time)

{n: tone system, tonal system} the system of tones used in a particular language or dialect of a tone language

{n: touch typing, touch system} typewriting in which the fingers are trained to hit particular keys; typist can read and type at the same time

{n: tract} a system of body parts that together serve some particular purpose

{n: transportation system, transportation, transit} a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods

{n: virino} (microbiology) a hypothetical infectious particle thought to be the cause of scrapie and other degenerative diseases of the central nervous system; consists of nucleic acid in a protective coat of host cell proteins

{n: vowel system, vocalism} the system of vowels used in a particular language

{n: yoga} a system of exercises practiced as part of the Hindu discipline to promote control of the body and mind

{v: exploit, work} use or manipulate to one's advantage
"He exploit the new taxation system"
"She knows how to work the system"
"he works his parents for sympathy"

{v: incarnate, body forth, embody, substantiate} represent in bodily form
"He embodies all that is evil wrong with the system"
"The painting substantiates the feelings of the artist"

{v: page} call out somebody's name over a P.A. system


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