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
Recent Examples of superstructure from the Web
A concrete superstructure will replace the current steel girder design to lower the traffic noise, Sackett said of the bridge.
From the 3-D superstructures to the nonstop music and the over-the-top fashion, there's no shortage of things to do, see, and hear.
The year of its collapse, the bridge’s superstructure rating was a 4.
The team also sought a clean, streamlined look for its roadway superstructure design, Figg said.
The team says the design of the superstructure undersides, which are beveled and streamlined, allow more light in and give them a lighter appearance.
Is the superstructure on the 11th floor good or bad?
Steel ships with aluminum superstructures, like the Andrea Doria and so many wrecks from World War II, are very common and potentially polluting.
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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