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

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Other Words from configuration

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

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The Crew Dragon 2 launch will hold a rare burden though–the first time a Falcoln 9 rocket and a Crew Dragon 2 spacecraft are launched together in this configuration. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Pushes Back 'Especially Dangerous' Dragon Test," 7 Jan. 2019 But soon, SpaceX will begin flying astronauts on the Falcon 9, and NASA wants the company to fly the rocket in the same configuration over and over before people get on board. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018 The seating configuration shifts into different modes for entertainment or work... or sleep. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Autonomous sleeping cabins are the dystopian future we must stop," 7 Sep. 2018 The Baby Jogger City Select LUX can be set up in 20 configurations that let one or two children sit, recline, sleep or stand while riding. Jonathan Welsh, WSJ, "Is It a Stroller or Extreme Sports Gear?," 5 Sep. 2018 This will include the 251-seat Thrust Stage, the 223-seat Arena Stage, and a new Warehouse Stage with flexible seating configurations for up to 134 people. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston breaks ground on new campus, The Gordy," 31 May 2018 Each year a fresh batch of concept drawings and patents emerge for airplane seating configurations that look more like re-creations of medieval torture chambers than seats. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "Near-standing ‘seats’ might be the awful future of flying," 24 Apr. 2018 The track’s new seating configuration will wrap around the section of the speedway that now is turns one and two. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Phoenix area's ISM Raceway embarks on much needed modern facelift," 12 Mar. 2018 By using a combined series of lights from both a wearable and in-cabin panels, the system can account for any number of seating configurations or positions that might be used in autonomous travel. Pete Bigelow, Car and Driver, "Will Self-Driving Cars Cause More Motion Sickness? A Cure Is in the Works," 23 Jan. 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- 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 configurational (audio) \ adjective
configurationally \ -​ē How to pronounce configurationally (audio) \ adverb
configurative \ -​ˈfig-​(y)ə-​rət-​iv How to pronounce configurative (audio) \ adjective

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