configuration

noun
con·​fig·​u·​ra·​tion | \ kən-ˌfi-gyə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce configuration (audio) , ˌkän-, -gə-ˈrā- \

Definition of configuration

1a : relative arrangement of parts or elements: such as
(1) : shape
(2) : contour of land configuration of the mountains
(3) : functional arrangement a small business computer system in its simplest configuration
b : something (such as a figure, contour, pattern, or apparatus) that results from a particular arrangement of parts or components
c : the stable structural makeup of a chemical compound especially with reference to the space relations of the constituent atoms
2 : gestalt personality configuration

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Other Words from configuration

configurational \ kən-​ˌfi-​gyə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce configuration (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , ˌkän-​ , -​gə-​ˈrā-​ \ adjective
configurationally adverb
configurative \ kən-​ˈfi-​gyə-​rə-​tiv How to pronounce configuration (audio) , -​ˈfi-​gə-​ , ˌkän-​ \ adjective

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The term is very common in computer science and mathematics, and in scientific and technological fields in general. Thus, for example, two scientists won a 1962 Nobel Prize for their description of the configuration of the DNA molecule. Since then, researchers have studied what different configurations within the DNA strands mean and what they control, and genetic engineers have tried to configure or reconfigure DNA in new ways to prevent or treat diseases.

Examples of configuration in a Sentence

We'll have to change the configuration of the system to accommodate the new server. the basic configuration of the building is that of a geodesic dome
Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, the exceptional placement and proximity of the speakers and subwoofer produce an optimized audio experience based on the specific configuration of the Sactionals and the fabric type. Mark Vena, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Each of the 27 vertical boxes sports a configuration of these marks. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, Dell Technologies is donating Dell OptiPlex computers and monitors, and Overland-Tandberg, a leading global technology and IT services company, will lead the onsite configuration of the computers. Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 Like the rest of Storyteller Overland’s vans, the Beast Mode is based on the passenger configuration of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Sep. 2021 Gwynn Wilson, the track’s general manager at the time, studied European tracks and came up with the configuration of the downhill course. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 But, Manning said, researchers acknowledge that this definition doesn’t necessarily account for every configuration of what people consider meaningful familial relationships. chicagotribune.com, 19 Aug. 2021 At the sport climbing wall, competitors huddled to examine and discuss the configuration of holds on the walls, trading notes on how best to attack the challenges. New York Times, 7 Aug. 2021 Drivers will also be racing on the current configuration of the oval for the last time. Christian Ortega, USA TODAY, 11 July 2021

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First Known Use of configuration

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for configuration

earlier, "relative position of the planets," borrowed from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French, "form, relative position of the planets," borrowed from Late Latin configūrātiōn-, configūrātiō "comparison, shaping," from Latin configūrāre "to shape, mold" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at configure

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The first known use of configuration was in 1559

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“Configuration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/configuration. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for configuration

configuration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of configuration

: the way the parts of something are arranged
: the way a computer system or program is prepared for a particular use

configuration

noun
con·​fig·​u·​ra·​tion | \ kən-ˌfig-(y)ə-ˈrā-shən, ˌkän- How to pronounce configuration (audio) \

Medical Definition of configuration

1a : relative arrangement of parts or elements
b : the stable structural makeup of a chemical compound especially with reference to the space relations of the constituent atoms
2 : gestalt personality configuration

Other Words from configuration

configurational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce configuration (audio) \ adjective
configurationally \ -​ē How to pronounce configuration (audio) \ adverb
configurative \ -​ˈfig-​(y)ə-​rət-​iv How to pronounce configuration (audio) \ adjective

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