1. The art or science of building; especially, the art of building houses, churches, bridges, and other structures, for the purposes of civil life; -- often called civil architecture.
Many other architectures besides Gothic. --Ruskin.
3. Construction, in a more general sense; frame or structure; workmanship.
The architecture of grasses, plants, and trees. --Tyndall.
The formation of the first earth being a piece of divine architecture. --Burnet.
Military architecture, the art of fortifications.
Naval architecture, the art of building ships.