substructure

noun

sub·​struc·​ture ˈsəb-ˌstrək-chər How to pronounce substructure (audio)
: an underlying or supporting part of a structure
substructural adjective

Examples of substructure in a Sentence

The bridge's substructure was damaged.
Recent Examples on the Web Four-fifths of those bridges have problems with the substructures that hold them up or the superstructures that support their load. David A. Lieb, Chicago Tribune, 17 July 2024 The most recent World Values Survey reveals a dispiriting substructure of stubbornly persistent bias that has remained unchanged for the past decade. Linda Robinson, Foreign Affairs, 3 July 2024 The Federal Highway Administration maintains a public database of bridge ratings in every state that considers multiple parts of a bridge’s structure, including the deck, superstructure, substructure and culvert. Devon Milley, Sacramento Bee, 19 June 2024 Its first phase involves expansion joint replacement and repairs to the concrete deck, as well as steel repairs and painting to the substructure from the Milwaukee River to the bridge's south end, said Tiffany Shepherd, Department of Public Works marketing and communications officer. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for substructure 

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Word History

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of substructure was in 1726

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“Substructure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/substructure. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

substructure

noun
sub·​struc·​ture ˈsəb-ˌstrək-chər How to pronounce substructure (audio)
: an underlying or supporting part of a structure

Medical Definition

substructure

noun
sub·​struc·​ture ˈsəb-ˌstrək-chər How to pronounce substructure (audio)
: an underlying or supporting structure
substructural adjective

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