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architecture (n.)

1560s, "the art of building, tasteful application of scientific and traditional rules of good construction to the materials at hand," from French architecture, from Latin architectura, from architectus "master builder, chief workman" (see architect). Meaning "buildings constructed architecturally" is from 1610s.

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Definitions of architecture from WordNet

architecture (n.)
an architectural product or work;
architecture (n.)
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
architecture (n.)
the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect;
architecture (n.)
(computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software;
the architecture of a computer's system software
Synonyms: computer architecture
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