Block system
System Sys"tem, n. [L. systema, Gr. ?, fr. ? to place together; sy`n with + ? to place: cf. F. syst[`e]me. See {Stand}.] 1. An assemblage of objects arranged in regular subordination, or after some distinct method, usually logical or scientific; a complete whole of objects related by some common law, principle, or end; a complete exhibition of essential principles or facts, arranged in a rational dependence or connection; a regular union of principles or parts forming one entire thing; as, a system of philosophy; a system of government; a system of divinity; a system of botany or chemistry; a military system; the solar system. [1913 Webster]

The best way to learn any science, is to begin with a regular system, or a short and plain scheme of that science well drawn up into a narrow compass. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, the whole scheme of created things regarded as forming one complete plan of whole; the universe. ``The great system of the world.'' --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

3. Regular method or order; formal arrangement; plan; as, to have a system in one's business. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mus.) The collection of staves which form a full score. See {Score}, n. [1913 Webster]

5. (Biol.) An assemblage of parts or organs, either in animal or plant, essential to the performance of some particular function or functions which as a rule are of greater complexity than those manifested by a single organ; as, the capillary system, the muscular system, the digestive system, etc.; hence, the whole body as a functional unity. [1913 Webster]

6. (Zo["o]l.) One of the stellate or irregular clusters of intimately united zooids which are imbedded in, or scattered over, the surface of the common tissue of many compound ascidians. [1913 Webster]

{Block system}, {Conservative system}, etc. See under {Block}, {Conservative}, etc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Block system — Block Block (bl[o^]k), n. [OE. blok; cf. F. bloc (fr. OHG.), D. & Dan. blok, Sw. & G. block, OHG. bloch. There is also an OHG. bloch, biloh; bi by + the same root as that of E. lock. Cf. {Block}, v. t., {Blockade}, and see {Lock}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Block system — (Railroads) A system by which the track is divided into short sections, as of three or four miles, and trains are so run by the guidance of electric, or combined electric and pneumatic, signals that no train enters a section or block until the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • block-system — [blɔksistɛm] n. m. ÉTYM. 1881; angl. block system (1873), de (to) block « fermer », et system. ❖ ♦ Anglic. Techn. (ch. de fer). Dispositif de signalisation automatique sur des sections de voie, destiné à éviter les collisions. || …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • block system — n. a system of dividing a railroad track into several sections (blocks) and regulating the trains by automatic signals (block signals) so that there is usually no more than one train in one section …   English World dictionary

  • block-system — blockˈ system noun (rail) A system in which no train is allowed onto a section of line so long as any other is on it • • • Main Entry: ↑block …   Useful english dictionary

  • block system — noun 1. : a system of mountain ranges composed of tilted or uplifted fault blocks compare basin range 2. : a system by which a railroad track is divided into short sections (as of three or four miles) and trains are so run by the guidance of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • block system — Railroads. 1. a series of consecutive blocks. Cf. block (def. 22). 2. a system of blocks and block signals for controlling train movements. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • block system — series of sequential blocks; system of blocks for controlling train flow wherein railroad track is divided into short sections and trains are guided by automatic signals …   English contemporary dictionary

  • block system — noun a system of railway signalling which divides the track into sections and allows no train to enter a section that is not completely clear …   English new terms dictionary

  • block system — /ˈblɒk sɪstəm/ (say blok sistuhm) noun any system of controlling train movements by allowing only one train at a time into a section of the railway …   Australian English dictionary

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