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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Architecture  \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 
  architecture. 
 
  Many  other  architectures  besides  Gothic.  --Ruskin. 
 
  3.  Construction,  in  a  more  general  sense  frame  or  structure; 
  workmanship. 
 
  The  architecture  of  grasses,  plants,  and  trees. 
  --Tyndall. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  architecture 
  n  1:  an  architectural  product  or  work 
  2:  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" 
  3:  the  profession  of  designing  buildings  and  environments  with 
  consideration  for  their  esthetic  effect 
  4:  the  manner  of  construction  of  something  and  the  disposition 
  of  its  parts  "artists  must  study  the  structure  of  the 
  human  body";  "the  architecture  of  a  computer's  system 
  software"  [syn:  {structure}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  architecture 
 
    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". 
 
  (1995-05-02) 
 
 




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