guild

(redirected from Guild system)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial.

guild

, gild
1. (esp in medieval Europe) an association of men sharing the same interests, such as merchants or artisans: formed for mutual aid and protection and to maintain craft standards or pursue some other purpose such as communal worship
2. Ecology a group of plants, such as a group of epiphytes, that share certain habits or characteristics

Guild

A group of species that utilize the same kinds of resources, such as food, nesting sites, or places to live, in a similar manner. Emphasis is on ecologically associated groups that are most likely to compete because of similarity in ecological niches, even though species can be taxonomically unrelated. The term was derived from the guild in human society composed of people engaged in an activity or trade held in common.

The guild concept focuses attention on the ways in which ecologically related species differ enough to permit coexistence, or avoid competitive displacement. For example, new places to live for some plants are provided by badger mounds in dense tall-grass prairie vegetation.

The guild is also commonly used as the smallest unit in an ecosystem in studies relating to environmental impact, wildlife management, and habitat classification. A representative species of a guild may be selected for study involving the uncertain assumption that environmental impact will influence this species in the same way as other guild members. See Ecosystem

guild

an association of craft workers, especially in preindustrial societies, formed to provide mutual aid and to control craft standards and entry into the trade (a form of SOCIAL CLOSURE). Compare PROFESSION, TRADE UNION.

guild

[gild]
(ecology)
A group of species that utilize the same kinds of resources, such as food, nesting sites, or places to live, in a similar manner.
References in periodicals archive ?
He asserts, in contrast, that these guilds were in fact "harbingers of civil society," in that in the guild system, there were important elements of autonomy that "bordered on independence.
Community features in Pi Story include a party and guild system for cooperative gameplay, personal web diaries featuring text and photos and a unique housing system that lets players customize their own dwelling and visit those built by other players.
A matchmaking system, family system and guild system bring gamers together as a community.
Features of Rekonstruction include near-infinite scalability, a large dynamic world environment, extensive community-based guild system, user customization and a narrative thread that rivals that of the greatest literature.
Parfait Station" is a unique action and shooting-oriented MMORPG supporting a party and guild system, giving players the option to either engage in battles with other groups or enjoy intense action in player vs.
New guild system -- Players can use a powerful new tool to create guilds, set up ranks, propose alliances, declare war on other guilds, and set win conditions.