Meaning of ARCHITECTURE in English

I. ˈärkəˌtekchər, ˈȧkəˌtekchə, -ksh- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle French, from Latin architectura, from architectus architect + -ura -ure — more at architect

1. : the art or science of building ; specifically : the art or practice of designing and building structures, especially habitable structures, in accordance with principles determined by aesthetic and practical or material considerations

2. : formation or construction whether the result of conscious act or of growth or of random disposition of the parts

architecture and function of the cerebral cortex

the fountains blow their architecture of slender pillars — Aldous Huxley

the careful architecture of Tom Jones in the innumerable subplots which give the book the proportions of life, the personal story of Jones taking its place in the general orchestration — Graham Greene

3. : the exercise or an instance of the exercise of the art or science of architecture

building must go beyond mere building for shelter to become architecture — T.E.Sanford

: architectural product : architectural work

the mansions which comprise the entire architecture of the Square — Blake Ehrlich

4. : a method or style of building characterized by certain peculiarities of structure or ornamentation

many other architectures besides Gothic — John Ruskin

II. noun

: the manner in which the components of a computer or computer system are organized and integrated

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.