configuration

noun
con·​fig·​u·​ra·​tion | \ kən-ˌfi-gyə-ˈrā-shən, 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

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Other Words from configuration

configurational \ kən-​ˌfi-​gyə-​ˈrā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl, ˌkän-​, -​gə-​ˈrā-​ \ adjective
configurationally adverb
configurative \ kən-​ˈfi-​gyə-​rə-​tiv , -​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

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Both your thumbs are equidistant from each joystick and button configuration. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the Grip I Use For My Nintendo Switch," 31 Dec. 2018 The 17-inch Gram is priced at $1,699.99 in this configuration. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "LG’s 17-inch Gram laptop shows up early on Best Buy’s website," 3 Dec. 2018 In this configuration, the moon passes between the sun and earth, temporarily obscuring the sun. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Eclipses in 2018 and How They Can Affect Your Life," 16 July 2018 While the Surface Laptop 2 is a bit light in the I/O department (just one USB 3.0 port, and no USB-C) both configurations still represent an excellent deal—remember, the minimum price Microsoft set at launch was $999! Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's '12 Days of Faves' deals knock the Surface Laptop 2 price down to a fantastic $799," 13 Dec. 2018 The base model starts at $69,000, with different battery configurations running the truck’s price ceiling to around $100,000. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The all-electric Rivian R1T is a dream truck for adventurers," 26 Nov. 2018 But the story occasionally feels to me like the show is moving things around in a desperate attempt to find a new configuration that will carry it forward into the future. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Love it or hate it, season 3 of The Good Place is taking us somewhere new (again)," 12 Oct. 2018 Ford van lovers appreciate the different length and height configurations and like that the Transit is affordable for repairs and maintenance. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best vans for your DIY camper conversion," 8 Oct. 2018 Certain beach mats are even installed with specific configurations to help minimize any interference in the return of sea turtle hatchlings to the sea. Sylvia Longmire, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Final straw for wheelchair users: BYOS or you’re out of luck," 10 July 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners 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

configuration

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

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 \ adjective
configurationally \ -​ē \ adverb
configurative \ -​ˈfig-​(y)ə-​rət-​iv \ adjective

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