architecture

Architecture is the process, or profession, of designing buildings and their environments. Architecture also refers to the product of this design and work.

The root of the word architecture is the Greek arkhitekton ("master builder"), which makes sense because the ancient Greeks were very skilled at architecture — think of all those columns and stadiums and temples. The Parthenon, which was begun in 447 BC, is one of the greatest examples of architecture from Classical Greece.

DEFINITIONS OF: architecture

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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”
Types:
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
Type of:
bailiwick, 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

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

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

n an architectural product or work

Type of:
building, edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

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
Types:
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
RISC, reduced instruction set computer, reduced instruction set computing
(computer science) a kind of computer architecture that has a relatively small set of computer instructions that it can perform
Type of:
structure
the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts
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