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configuration

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noun con·fig·u·ra·tion \kən-ˌfi-gyə-ˈrā-shən, ˌkän-, -gə-ˈ\

Simple Definition of configuration

  • : the way the parts of something are arranged

  • computers : the way a computer system or program is prepared for a particular use

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of configuration

  1. 1 a :  relative arrangement of parts or elements: as (1) :  shape (2) :  contour of land <configuration of the mountains> (3) :  functional arrangement <a small business computer system in its simplest configuration> b :  something (as a figure, contour, pattern, or apparatus) that results from a particular arrangement of parts or components c :  the stable structural makeup of a chemical compound especially with reference to the space relations of the constituent atoms

  2. 2 :  gestalt <personality configuration>

configurational play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
configurationally adverb
configurative play \-ˈfi-gyə-rə-tiv, -ˈfi-gə-\ adjective

Examples of configuration in a sentence

  1. We'll have to change the configuration of the system to accommodate the new server.

  2. <the basic configuration of the building is that of a geodesic dome>



Origin of configuration

Late Latin configuration-, configuratio similar formation, from Latin configurare to form from or after, from com- + figurare to form, from figura figure


First Known Use: 1559

Rhymes with configuration

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Medical Dictionary

configuration

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noun con·fig·u·ra·tion \kən-ˌfig-(y)ə-ˈrā-shən, ˌkän-\

Medical Definition of configuration

  1. 1a:  relative arrangement of parts or elementsb:  the stable structural makeup of a chemical compound especially with reference to the space relations of the constituent atoms

  2. 2:  gestalt <personality configuration>

configurational \-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
configurationally \-ē\play adverb
configurative \-ˈfig-(y)ə-rət-iv\play adjective




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