Superstructure Su`per*struc"ture, n. [Cf. F. superstructure.] 1. Any material structure or edifice built on something else; that which is raised on a foundation or basis; esp. (Arch.), all that part of a building above the basement. Also used figuratively. [1913 Webster]

You have added to your natural endowments the superstructure of study. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. (Railway Engin.) The sleepers, and fastenings, in distinction from the roadbed. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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