architecture


architecture
architecture ar‧chi‧tec‧ture [ˈɑːktektʆə ǁ ˈɑːrktektʆər] noun [uncountable]
1. the style or design of a building:

• modern architecture

2. the study and practice of planning and designing buildings:

• Stirling went to Trinity College to study architecture.

3. COMPUTING the design of the different parts inside a computer and the way they work together:

• software application architecture

ˌclient/​ˈserver ˌarchitecture
COMPUTING a network in which a server (= powerful central computer) is connected to a number of client S (= smaller computers)

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architecture UK US /ˈɑːkɪtektʃər/ noun [U]
PROPERTY the job or activity of designing buildings: »

He earned a master's degree in architecture.

PROPERTY a particular type of building: »

environmentally sustainable architecture

IT the design and structure of a computer system, which controls what equipment can be connected to it and what software can operate on it: hardware/software architecture »

Their software architecture is good and they continue to show good growth.

the structure of an organization, which influences the relationship between its parts and employees: »

He regards this as an opportunity to deliver a radical new departmental architecture.

See also INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE(Cf. information architecture)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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