Definition of superstructure
1a : an entity, concept, or complex based on a more fundamental oneb : social institutions (such as the law or politics) that are in Marxist theory erected upon the economic base
2 : a structure built as a vertical extension of something else: such asa : all of a building above the basementb : the structural part of a ship above the main deck
superstructuralplay \ˌsü-pər-ˈstrək-chə-rəl, -ˈstrək-shrəl\ adjective
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The team says the design of the superstructure undersides, which are beveled and streamlined, allow more light in and give them a lighter appearance.
Armor ($$$$) $81.8 Million Since Gundanium — the immutable, heat-resistant, electrically neutral alloy used in the TV series — doesn’t actually exist, Furuta designed his robot’s honeycomb superstructure to be made of an aluminum alloy.
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Definition of superstructure for English Language Learners
: the part of a structure (such as a ship or bridge) that is above the lowest part
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