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

: the way the parts of something are arranged

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

Full Definition of CONFIGURATION

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
:  gestalt <personality configuration>
con·fig·u·ra·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
con·fig·u·ra·tion·al·ly adverb
con·fig·u·ra·tive \-ˈfi-gyə-rə-tiv, -ˈfi-gə-\ adjective


  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>


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


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Medical Dictionary


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

Medical Definition of CONFIGURATION

a :  relative arrangement of parts or elements b :  the stable structural makeup of a chemical compound especially with reference to the space relations of the constituent atoms
:  gestalt <personality configuration>
con·fig·u·ra·tion·al \-shnəl, -shən-əl\ adjective
con·fig·u·ra·tion·al·ly \-ē\ adverb
con·fig·u·ra·tive \-ˈfig-(y)ə-rət-iv\ adjective


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