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n. 1. The supervisor program or OS on a computer.

2. The entire computer system, including input/output devices, the supervisor program or OS, and possibly other software.

3. Any large-scale program.

4. Any method or algorithm.

5. 'System hacker': one who hacks the system (in senses 1 and 2 only; for sense 3 one mentions the particular program: e.g., 'LISP hacker')