configuration

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noun con·fig·u·ra·tion \kən-ˌfi-gyə-ˈrā-shən, ˌkän-, -gə-ˈrā-\

Definition of configuration

  1. 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 configurationb :  something (such as a figure, contour, pattern, or apparatus) that results from a particular arrangement of parts or componentsc :  the stable structural makeup of a chemical compound especially with reference to the space relations of the constituent atoms

  2. 2 :  gestalt personality configuration

configurational

play \kən-ˌfi-gyə-ˈrā-shnəl, -shə-nəl, ˌkän-, -gə-ˈrā-\ adjective

configurationally

adverb

configurative

play \kən-ˈfi-gyə-rə-tiv, -ˈfi-gə-, ˌkän-\ adjective

Examples of configuration in a Sentence

  1. We'll have to change the configuration of the system to accommodate the new server.

  2. the basic configuration of the building is that of a geodesic dome

Recent Examples of configuration from the Web

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Did You Know?

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


CONFIGURATION Defined for English Language Learners

configuration

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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 Dictionary

configuration

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

Medical Definition of configuration

  1. 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. 2:  gestalt personality configuration

configurational

\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective

configurationally

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configurative

\-ˈfig-(y)ə-rət-iv\play adjective


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