<computer 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".

(01 Mar 1995)

architecturemedical dictionary

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.

Origin: L. Architectura, fr. Architectus: cf. F. Architecture. See Architect.

(01 Mar 1998)