su·​per·​struc·​ture | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌstrək-chər How to pronounce superstructure (audio) \

Definition of superstructure

1a : an entity, concept, or complex based on a more fundamental one
b : 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 as
a : all of a building above the basement
b : the structural part of a ship above the main deck

Other Words from superstructure

superstructural \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈstrək-​chə-​rəl How to pronounce superstructure (audio) , -​ˈstrək-​shrəl \ adjective

Examples of superstructure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ship has two aircraft elevators on the starboard side, fore and aft of the island superstructure. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 June 2022 The festival also marks the return of the superstructure stage, first introduced during Relentless Beats’ 2021 summer concert series. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2022 But right now the general appraisals looking at these bridges are looking at the culvert, the deck, the substructure of the superstructure. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 23 May 2022 On the other side of the crane stands a huge tent-like enclosure, where sections of the hull and its superstructure are broken down after being sliced off. al, 29 Apr. 2022 The first phase of the project involves replacing the deck and superstructure of 19 bridges at a total cost of $24.3 million. Kristi Tanner, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2022 As part of Amels’s Limited-Edition approach, it will be built on the same hull and superstructure, but owners can heavily customize the interior as well as custom tenders and toys. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 4 Apr. 2022 Local manufacturers and craftsmen built the superstructure, outfitted the cabin and installed the waterwheels and boilers constructed by local engine builders Moore & Richardson. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 24 Apr. 2022 The firm balanced the strength of the steel hull with aluminum for the yacht’s superstructure to reduce weight and lower its center of gravity. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of superstructure

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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22 Jun 2022

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“Superstructure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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