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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This 20-second video shows a time lapse of the rover manipulating an 88-pound, sensor-laden turret, moving from a deployed to stowed configuration. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bicep Curls and Batteries: The Mars 2020 Rover Is Coming Together," 1 Aug. 2019 Many major data breaches, including the Capital One breach, are the result of insider threats or sloppy configuration and maintenance — things that are not difficult to fix, but take time, money and effort to consistently manage. Will Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Companies get off too easy with data breaches. Bigger fines are a good place to start," 31 July 2019 Meanwhile, the Radeon RX 5700 delivers a much better memory configuration and performance. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Graphics card massacre: 6 GPUs you absolutely should not buy right now," 12 July 2019 Over the years, it was spotted in 23 different exterior colors, 32 interior trims, 13 varying engine configurations. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "The Beetle, 81, is no more," 11 July 2019 IDPs were shape shifters, appearing as ensembles of components that constantly changed configurations. Elizabeth O'day, Scientific American, "A Special Class of Proteins Offers Promising Targets for Drugs for Cancer and Alzheimer's," 1 July 2019 Both versions continue to offer a standard five-seat configuration and an RX L model with a third row of seats. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2020 Lexus RX Sharpens Its Look and Purports to Fix Its Infotainment Issues," 30 May 2019 Eight and 24 now join dimension one as the only dimensions known to have universally optimal configurations. Quanta Magazine, "Out of a Magic Math Function, One Solution to Rule Them All," 13 May 2019 Boeing has about 4,600 unfilled orders for the plane’s various configurations. Elias Meseret, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopian Airlines says pilots got appropriate training," 25 Mar. 2019

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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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