ETYM Cf. French arrangement.
1. An orderly grouping (of things or persons).
2. An organized structure for arranging or classifying; SYN. organization, organisation, system.
3. Something made by arranging ordered parts together; the result of arranging.
4. The act of arranging a piece of music; SYN. arranging.
constitution / kɑːnstətuːʃn̩ /
Body of fundamental laws of a state, laying down the system of government and defining the relations of the legislature, executive, and judiciary to each other and to the citizens. Since the French Revolution almost all countries (the UK is an exception) have adopted written constitutions; that of the US (1787) is the oldest.
The proliferation of legislation during the 1970s, often carried on the basis of a small majority in the Commons and by governments elected by an overall minority of votes, led to demands such as those by the organization Charter 88 for the introduction of a written constitution as a safeguard for the liberty of the individual.
ETYM Cf. French organisation.
(Alternate spelling: organisation).
1. An ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized; SYN. organisation, system.
2. The activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically; SYN. organisation, arrangement.
3. The act of organizing a business or business-related activity; SYN. organisation.
4. A group of people who work together; SYN. organisation.
ETYM Latin systema, Greek, to place together; syn with + stellein to place: cf. French systčme. Related to Stand.
1. A combination of interrelated interacting parts designed to work as a coherent entity; SYN. unit.
2. A complex of methods or rules governing behavior; SYN. system of rules.
3. A group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole.
4. A group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts.
5. A procedure or process for obtaining an objective.
6. The living body considered as made up of interdependent components forming a unified whole.
7. (Physical chemistry) A sample of matter in which substances in different phases are in equilibrium.