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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On the street side is a unique configuration of windows—a Palladian glass window flanked by two smaller ones and a square window of the same style several feet away. courant.com, "Property of the Week: 726 Prospect Avenue, Hartford," 7 June 2019 The proper configuration of officers would have been the company captain, three first lieutenants as patrol leaders and four second lieutenants commanding the rest. oregonlive.com, "The brother I never knew, lost to my family on D-Day," 6 June 2019 Her model explained why certain numbers of nucleons make for stable atomic configurations. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It," 31 Mar. 2019 No one wants to compile and upload thousands of different APKs for different configurations. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed," 13 Sep. 2018 Atlanta United has its own locker room reserved for the club year-round, while the flexible seating capacity allows for configurations of 42,500 (when upper bowl is closed) or 70,000-plus when fully opened. Grant Wahl And Brian Straus, SI.com, "Numbers Behind the MLS Ambition Rankings: Eastern Conference Clubs," 23 Apr. 2018 The Sport and stick can be matched with either a 192 hp 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, or a 252 hp 2.0-liter in the same configuration. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2018 Honda Accord Sport is a stirring sedan," 11 May 2018 But the greatest difference between then and now is that, for much of Casa’s history, the shows were done in an in-the-round configuration, meaning that the stage was set smack in the middle of the theater. Punch Shaw, star-telegram, "At 60, this cultural district playhouse shows no signs of slowing down | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 10 May 2018 First, explore the collections and visualize the designs, configurations, and fabrics in a 360 degree space. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying Furniture From Interior Define," 31 Oct. 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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