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ARCHITECTURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does architecture mean? 

ARCHITECTURE (noun)
  The noun ARCHITECTURE has 4 senses:

1. an architectural product or work
2. the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings
3. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
4. (computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software

  Familiarity information: ARCHITECTURE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ARCHITECTURE (noun)


Sense 1architecture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An architectural product or work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("architecture" is a kind of...):

building; edifice (a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place)

Domain category:

architecture (the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings)


Sense 2architecture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use

Hypernyms ("architecture" is a kind of...):

bailiwick; branch of knowledge; discipline; field; field of study; study; subject; subject area; subject field (a branch of knowledge)

beaux arts; fine arts (the study and creation of visual works of art)

Meronyms (parts of "architecture"):

architectonics; tectonics (the science of architecture)

Domain member category:

order ((architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans)

columniation ((architecture) the arrangement of columns (especially freestanding columns) in a structure)

fenestration (the arrangement of windows in a building)

art form ((architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture))

build (be engaged in building)

corbel (furnish with a corbel)

cornice (furnish with a cornice)

astylar (lacking columns or pillars)

attached (used of buildings joined by common sidewalls)

detached (used of buildings; standing apart from others)

engaged (built against or attached to a wall)

trabeate; trabeated (not arcuate; having straight horizontal beams or lintels (rather than arches))

arced; arched; arching; arciform; arcuate; bowed (forming or resembling an arch)

foliate; foliated (ornamented with foliage or foils)

vaulting ((architecture) a vaulted structure)

term; terminal figure; terminus ((architecture) a statue or a human bust or an animal carved out of the top of a square pillar; originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome)

spandrel; spandril (an approximately triangular surface area between two adjacent arches and the horizontal plane above them)

architectural ornament ((architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance)

architecture (an architectural product or work)

attic ((architecture) a low wall at the top of the entablature; hides the roof)

column; pillar ((architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure)

corbel; truss ((architecture) a triangular bracket of brick or stone (usually of slight extent))

corbel arch ((architecture) an arch constructed of masonry courses that are corbelled until they meet)

corbel step; corbie-step; corbiestep; crow step ((architecture) a step on the top of a gable wall)

corbie gable ((architecture) a gable having corbie-steps or corbel steps)

corner; quoin ((architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone)

drip; drip mold; drip mould ((architecture) a projection from a cornice or sill designed to protect the area below from rainwater (as over a window or doorway))

entablature ((architecture) the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof)

foliage; foliation ((architecture) leaf-like architectural ornament)

modillion ((architecture) one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice)

pier ((architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion of wall between two doors or windows))

pinnacle ((architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower)

scape; shaft ((architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column)

arch ((architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "architecture"):

landscape architecture (the branch of architecture dealing with the arrangement of land and buildings for human use and enjoyment)

urban planning (the branch of architecture dealing with the design and organization of urban space and activities)

interior design (the branch of architecture dealing with the selection and organization of furnishings for an architectural interior)


Sense 3architecture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("architecture" is a kind of...):

profession (an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences))

Domain member category:

sanitate (provide with sanitary facilities or appliances)

machicolate (supply with projecting galleries)

gate (supply with a gate)

rafter (provide (a ceiling) with rafters)

crenel; crenelate; crenellate (supply with battlements)

ramp (furnish with a ramp)

reseat (provide with new seats)

seat (provide with seats)

air-condition; air-cool (equip with an apparatus for controlling the humidity and temperature)

rail (provide with rails)

step (furnish with steps)

terrace; terrasse (provide (a house) with a terrace)

cantilever (construct with girders and beams such that only one end is fixed)


Sense 4architecture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

computer architecture; architecture

Context example:

the architecture of a computer's system software

Hypernyms ("architecture" is a kind of...):

structure (the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "architecture"):

CISC; complex instruction set computer; complex instruction set computing ((computer science) a kind of computer architecture that has a large number of instructions hard coded into the CPU chip)

reduced instruction set computer; reduced instruction set computing; RISC ((computer science) a kind of computer architecture that has a relatively small set of computer instructions that it can perform)


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