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Pronunciation:  'ârki`tekchur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
  2. [n]  an architectural product or work
  3. [n]  (computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software; "the architecture of a computer's system software"
  4. [n]  the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"

ARCHITECTURE is a 12 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: computer architecture
 See Also: architectonics, bailiwick, branch of knowledge, building, CISC, complex instruction set computer, complex instruction set computing, discipline, edifice, field, field of study, interior design, landscape architecture, profession, reduced instruction set computer, reduced instruction set computing, RISC, structure, study, subject, subject area, subject field, tectonics, urban planning



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ar"chi*tec`ture\ (?; 135), n. [L. architectura,
fr. architectus: cf. F. architecture. See {Architect}.]
1. The art or science of building; especially, the art of
   building houses, churches, bridges, and other structures,
   for the purposes of civil life; -- often called civil

         Many other architectures besides Gothic. --Ruskin.

3. Construction, in a more general sense; frame or structure;

         The architecture of grasses, plants, and trees.

         The formation of the first earth being a piece of
         divine architecture.                  --Burnet.

{Military architecture}, the art of fortifications.

{Naval architecture}, the art of building ships.

Computing Dictionary

Design, the way components fit together. The term is used particularly of processors, both individual and in general. "The arm has a really clean architecture". It may also be used of any complex system, e.g. "software architecture", "network architecture".

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