Definition of substructure
: an underlying or supporting part of a structure
substructuralplay \-chə-rəl, -shrəl\ adjective
Examples of substructure in a Sentence
The bridge's substructure was damaged.
Recent Examples of substructure from the Web
During an inspection in late March, the engineers detected significant decay in several areas of the timber substructure and recommended that the bridge be limited to automobile and pickup truck traffic only.
With our recent heavy rains, however, all that water is finding its way into the pavement substructure, weakening it, and compromising the surface above, resulting in a pothole or other failures.
No glue, no mortar, no hidden substructure to ensure the 24-ton edifice doesn’t collapse—just really smart architecture.
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Definition of substructure for English Language Learners
: a supporting part or structure that is below something
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