Definition of configuration
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 : gestalt <personality configuration>
configurationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
configurativeplay \-ˈfi-gyə-rə-tiv, -ˈfi-gə-\ adjective
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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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.
Origin and Etymology 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
CONFIGURATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of configuration for English Language Learners
: the way the parts of something are arranged
computers : the way a computer system or program is prepared for a particular use
Medical Definition of configuration
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: gestalt <personality configuration>
configurational\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
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