American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The art and science of designing and erecting buildings.
- n. Buildings and other large structures: the low, brick-and-adobe architecture of the Southwest.
- n. A style and method of design and construction: Byzantine architecture.
- n. Orderly arrangement of parts; structure: the architecture of the federal bureaucracy; the architecture of a novel.
- n. Computer Science The overall design or structure of a computer system, including the hardware and the software required to run it, especially the internal structure of the microprocessor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of building, specifically of fine or beautiful building. Architecture includes, in the widest sense. the principles of design and of ornament as applied to building;
- n. The buildings or other objects produced by architecture as defined above.
- n. The character or style of building: as, the architecture of Paris.
- n. Construction and formative design of any kind.
- To construct; build.
- n. The design of the strictly architectural buildings in such pleasure-grounds (pavilions, casinos, terrace walls, parapets, perrons, and pedestals for statues).
- n. that of the time of Herod Agrippa (37–44 a. d.), under whom the system of design was Roman, with, only such modification as was common in the cities of Syria.
- n. Architecture in which the work is cast in a solid mass (as in pisé, or rammed clay), in recent times by means of artificial stone.
- n. The art and science of designing buildings and other structures.
- n. The profession of an architect.
- n. Any particular style of building design.
- n. A unifying structure.
- n. computing A specific model of a microchip or CPU.
- n. The structure and design of a system or product.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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
- n. Construction, in a more general sense; frame or structure; workmanship.
- n. (computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software
- n. the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings
- n. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
- n. an architectural product or work
- From French, from Latin architectūra (Wiktionary)
- Latin architectūra, from architectus, architect; see architect. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He studied architecture at the University of British Columbia as an undergraduate and earned a master's in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley -- where he was given a teaching job in ethnic studies after students, angry about Vietnam, protested for a less Eurocentric curriculum.”
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“A trifle naked if you like," said my irrepressible companion, "but that's what I call architecture, just as I don't call bronze or marble clothes (save under urgent stress of portraiture) statuary.”
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