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configuration

[kuhn-fig-yuh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the relative disposition or arrangement of the parts or elements of a thing.
2.
external form, as resulting from this; conformation.
3.
Astronomy.
a.
the relative position or aspect of heavenly bodies.
b.
a group of stars.
4.
Chemistry. an atomic spatial arrangement that is fixed by the chemical bonding in a molecule and that cannot be altered without breaking bonds (contrasted with conformation ).
5.
Computers. the totality of a computer and the devices connected to it: A common microcomputer configuration consists of a computer, two disk drives, a monitor, and a printer.

Origin:
1550–60; < Late Latin configūrātiōn- (stem of configūrātiō), equivalent to Latin configūrāt(us) shaped like its model, past participle of configūrāre to mold, shape (con- con- + figūr(a) figure + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

configurational, configurative [kuhn-fig-yer-uh-tiv, -yuh-rey-tiv] , adjective
configurationally, adverb
preconfiguration, noun
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configuration (kənˌfɪɡjʊˈreɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the arrangement of the parts of something
2.  the external form or outline achieved by such an arrangement
3.  physics, chem
 a.  Also called: conformation the shape of a molecule as determined by the arrangement of its atoms
 b.  the structure of an atom or molecule as determined by the arrangement of its electrons and nucleons
4.  psychol the unit or pattern in perception studied by Gestalt psychologists
5.  computing the particular choice of hardware items and their interconnection that make up a particular computer system
 
[C16: from Late Latin configūrātiō a similar formation, from configūrāre to model on something, from figūrāre to shape, fashion]
 
configu'rational
 
adj
 
con'figurative
 
adj
 
configu'rationally
 
adv

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configuration
1550s, from L. configurationem, noun of action from configurare (see configure).
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configuration con·fig·u·ra·tion (kən-fĭg'yə-rā'shən)
n.

  1. The arrangement of parts or elements of a whole, especially the structural arrangement of atoms in a compound or molecule.

  2. Gestalt.

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