1. The art and science of designing and erecting buildings.

2. Buildings and other large structures: the low, brick-and-adobe architecture of the Southwest.

3. A style and method of design and construction: Byzantine architecture.

4. Orderly arrangement of parts; structure: the architecture of the federal bureaucracy; the architecture of a novel.

5. Computer Science The overall design or structure of a computer system, including the hardware and the software required to run it, especially the internal structure of the microprocessor.

[Latin architectra, from architectus, architect;]

archi·tectur·al adj.

archi·tectur·al·ly adv.

architecture [ˈɑːkɪˌtɛktʃə]

1. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Architecture) the art and science of designing and superintending the erection of buildings and similar structures

2. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Architecture) a style of building or structure Gothic architecture

3. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Architecture) buildings or structures collectively

4. the structure or design of anything the architecture of the universe

5. (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) the internal organization of a computer's components with particular reference to the way in which data is transmitted

6. (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) the arrangement of the various devices in a complete computer system or network

architectural  adj

architecturally  adv