infrastructure


in·fra·struc·ture

noun \ˈin-frə-ˌstrək-chər, -(ˌ)frä-\

: the basic equipment and structures (such as roads and bridges) that are needed for a country, region, or organization to function properly

Full Definition of INFRASTRUCTURE

1
:  the underlying foundation or basic framework (as of a system or organization)
2
:  the permanent installations required for military purposes
3
:  the system of public works of a country, state, or region; also :  the resources (as personnel, buildings, or equipment) required for an activity
in·fra·struc·tur·al \-ˌstrək-chə-rəl, -ˌstrək-shrəl\ adjective

Examples of INFRASTRUCTURE

  1. More money is needed to save the crumbling infrastructure of the nation's rural areas.
  2. We need to spend more money on maintaining and repairing infrastructure.

First Known Use of INFRASTRUCTURE

1927

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, sluice

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