configuration

noun
con·​fig·​u·​ra·​tion | \ kən-ˌfi-gyə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce configuration (audio) , ˌkän-, -gə-ˈrā- \

Definition of configuration

1a : relative arrangement of parts or elements: such 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 (such 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 : gestalt personality configuration

Other Words from configuration

configurational \ kən-​ˌfi-​gyə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce configuration (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , ˌkän-​ , -​gə-​ˈrā-​ \ adjective
configurationally adverb
configurative \ kən-​ˈfi-​gyə-​rə-​tiv How to pronounce configuration (audio) , -​ˈfi-​gə-​ , ˌkän-​ \ adjective

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The term is very common in computer science and mathematics, and in scientific and technological fields in general. Thus, for example, two scientists won a 1962 Nobel Prize for their description of the configuration of the DNA molecule. Since then, researchers have studied what different configurations within the DNA strands mean and what they control, and genetic engineers have tried to configure or reconfigure DNA in new ways to prevent or treat diseases.

Examples of configuration in a Sentence

We'll have to change the configuration of the system to accommodate the new server. the basic configuration of the building is that of a geodesic dome
Recent Examples on the Web With the new plane comes a new interior configuration. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 With a starting price of $51,400, the new i4 configuration undercuts the existing eDrive40 by $4,500. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 1 Aug. 2022 Safety is a driving factor for supporting the new configuration. al, 11 July 2022 Walter Hamada will still have a role to play in the new configuration. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 1 June 2022 But now the Blue Oval is adding a new configuration as the F-150 Rattler joins the lineup as yet another off-road package. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 29 Mar. 2022 The new configuration at Texas has a narrow entry and exit in the turns and the once wide-open track has been reduced to one lane because of the effects of a traction compound NASCAR uses that eliminated the outside lane. Jenna Fryer, Chron, 17 Mar. 2022 Then there’s the SE, SEL, and Limited models, all of which have a range of up to 303 miles, and can be configured in either a rear-wheel drive, or an all-wheel-drive configuration. Christian De Looper, BGR, 23 July 2022 And in a first for any road-going 911, the new GT3 adopts the 911 RSR racing car's double-wishbone front suspension configuration to enhance handling precision. Bradley Iger, Ars Technica, 17 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of configuration

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for configuration

earlier, "relative position of the planets," borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French, "form, relative position of the planets," borrowed from Late Latin configūrātiōn-, configūrātiō "comparison, shaping," from Latin configūrāre "to shape, mold" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at configure

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“Configuration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/configuration. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for configuration

configuration

noun
con·​fig·​u·​ra·​tion | \ kən-ˌfig-(y)ə-ˈrā-shən, ˌkän- How to pronounce configuration (audio) \

Medical Definition of configuration

1a : 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
2 : gestalt personality configuration

Other Words from configuration

configurational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce configuration (audio) \ adjective
configurationally \ -​ē How to pronounce configuration (audio) \ adverb
configurative \ -​ˈfig-​(y)ə-​rət-​iv How to pronounce configuration (audio) \ adjective

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