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

Other Words from configuration

configurational \ kən-​ˌfi-​gyə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce configuration (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , ˌkän-​ , -​gə-​ˈrā-​ \ adjective
configurationally adverb
configurative \ kən-​ˈfi-​gyə-​rə-​tiv How to pronounce configuration (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
Recent Examples on the Web In its current configuration Republicans hold 16 seats and Democrats hold 11. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, 21 Apr. 2022 In that configuration, the vessel could reach a top speed of 40 knots. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2022 There’s not a substantial number of works written for that configuration. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2022 That's a notable bump from the current non-Plus XPS, which starts at $850 (that configuration was out of stock on Dell's website as of writing. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2022 That configuration put the Sox in the best position to win ballgames, and what that looks like going forward is certainly enticing. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2021 Many organizations' sales teams push their engineering to do that small nitty-gritty configuration to support that proof of concept by that billion-dollar Forbes 1000 organization. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The attack itself, called an exploit kit, contained multiple stages, the first of which attempted to fingerprint the victim's hardware by collecting information about the specs and configuration. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 24 Mar. 2022 Quick-scan device register & configuration and remote monitoring and troubleshooting. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/configuration. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for configuration

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 configuration (audio) \ adjective
configurationally \ -​ē How to pronounce configuration (audio) \ adverb
configurative \ -​ˈfig-​(y)ə-​rət-​iv How to pronounce configuration (audio) \ adjective

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