from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. A specific model of a microchip or CPU.
  • n. The structure and design of a system or product.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 civil architecture.
  • n. Construction, in a more general sense; frame or structure; workmanship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To construct; build.
  • n. The art of building, specifically of fine or beautiful 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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 The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin architectūra, from architectus, architect; see architect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French, from Latin architectūra



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