Configuration Con*fig`u*ra"tion, n. [L. configuratio.] 1. Form, as depending on the relative disposition of the parts of a thing; shape; figure. [1913 Webster]

It is the variety of configurations [of the mouth] . . . which gives birth and origin to the several vowels. --Harris. [1913 Webster]

2. (Astrol.) Relative position or aspect of the planets; the face of the horoscope, according to the relative positions of the planets at any time. [1913 Webster]

They [astrologers] undertook . . . to determine the course of a man's character and life from the configuration of the stars at the moment of his birth. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • configuration — [ kɔ̃figyrasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1190; lat. configuratio 1 ♦ Didact. Forme extérieure, aspect général. La configuration d un pays. ⇒ conformation, figure, forme. « Il put se rendre compte aussitôt de la configuration des lieux » (Alain Fournier). 2 ♦ Sc …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • configuration — UK US /kənˌfɪgəˈreɪʃən/ noun IT ► [C] the way in which something, such as a computer system or software, is organized to operate: »When you press the spacebar, a message appears informing you that Set up is inspecting your hardware configuration …   Financial and business terms

  • configuration — CONFIGURATION. sub. f. Forme extérieure, ou surface qui borne les corps, et leur donne une figure particulière. La différente configuration des corps. La diverse configuration des parties. [b]f♛/b] Il s emploie surtout en Physique et en Chimie,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • configuration — I (confines) noun borders, boundary, bounds, circumscription, contour, delineation, dimensions, edges, extent, framework, frontiers, limitations, limits, line of demarcation, outline, perimeter II (form) noun anatomy, appearance, arrangement,… …   Law dictionary

  • configuration — 1550s, from L. configurationem (nom. configuratio), noun of action from configurare (see CONFIGURE (Cf. configure)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • configuration — conformation, figure, shape, *form Analogous words: *outline, contour, silhouette, profile, skyline …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • configuration — ► NOUN ▪ an arrangement of parts or elements in a particular form or figure. DERIVATIVES configurational adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • configuration — [kən fig΄yə rā′shən] n. [L configuratio < configurare, to form after < com , together + figurare: see FIGURE] 1. a) arrangement of parts b) form or figure as determined by the arrangement of parts; contour; outline 2. Chem. the structure of …   English World dictionary

  • Configuration — The term configuration has several meanings. In computing it may refer to: Computer configuration or system configuration Configure (computing) is the output of Autotools and used to detect system configuration. This is referred to as ./configure …   Wikipedia

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