from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to architecture or design.
  • adj. Having qualities, such as design and structure, that are characteristic of architecture: a work of art forming an architectonic whole.
  • adj. Philosophy Of or relating to the scientific systematization of knowledge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. relating to, or characteristic of architecture, design and construction
  • adj. relating to the scientific systematization of the totality of knowledge

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to a master builder, or to architecture; evincing skill in designing or construction; constructive.
  • adj. Relating to the systemizing of knowledge.
  • n. The science of architecture.
  • n. The act of arranging knowledge into a system.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to architecture; hence, pertaining or relating to construction or design of any kind.
  • Skilled in architecture; expert in designing or constructing.
  • Relating to the construction of a complete and scientifically arranged theory or system of doctrine.
  • Having the same relation to something as that of an architect to his work; designing; controlling; governing; directive.
  • n. The science of architecture. Also architectonics.
  • n. In logic, the art of constructing systems.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or pertaining to construction or architecture


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin architectonicus, architectural, from Greek arkhitektonikos, from arkhitektōn, architect; see architect.


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