configuration
noun Etymology: Late Latin configuration-, configuratio similar formation, from Latin configurare to form from or after, from com- + figurare to form, from figura figure Date: 1559 1. a. relative arrangement of parts or elements: as (1) shape (2) contour of land <
configuration of the mountains
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(3) functional arrangement <
a small business computer system in its simplest configuration
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b. something (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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configurational adjectiveconfigurationally adverbconfigurative adjective

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  • 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

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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

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