superstructure

noun

su·​per·​struc·​ture ˈsü-pər-ˌstrək-chər How to pronounce superstructure (audio)
1
a
: 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
superstructural adjective

Examples of superstructure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The world was watching, and the bodies of four more construction workers were encased in the bridge’s superstructure. Erin Cox, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2024 Mated to a steel hull, the superstructure is the largest composite edifice ever built. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2024 The Bay Bridge is currently undergoing construction to upgrade its aging road deck and parts of its steel superstructure, but the work does not appear to involve any additional protections against ship collisions. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 3 Apr. 2024 Maryland Governor Wes Moore told a news conference that a section of the bridge's steel superstructure north of the crash site would be cut into a piece that could be lifted by crane onto a barge and brought to the nearby Tradepoint Atlantic site at Sparrows Point. David Lawder, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2024 The new Cat 133 model showcases the same futuristic design as its polarizing predecessor, with sweeping, curved lines, a sleek aluminum superstructure, and swathes of striking glass. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2024 But the elaborate ideological superstructure is also rewarding at first. Jesse Green, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2024 The aluminum hull and superstructure of the NL45 has a GT just under 500, is solid, light, and 100 percent recyclable. Kathleen Turner, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Trending on Billboard In 2024 Creamfields will debut a 30,000 capacity indoor mainstage, which the event claims will be the world’s largest indoor festival superstructure. Katie Bain, Billboard, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of superstructure was in 1626

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“Superstructure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superstructure. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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