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infrastructure

[in-fruh-struhk-cher] /ˈɪn frəˌstrʌk tʃər/
noun
1.
the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.
2.
the fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or area, as transportation and communication systems, power plants, and schools.
3.
the military installations of a country.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; infra + structure
Related forms
infrastructural, adjective
Synonyms
1. basis, foundation, support.
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Examples from the web for infrastructure
  • Tonga has a reasonably sound basic infrastructure and well-developed social services.
  • Inevitably, a thriving economy brought demands for an expanded infrastructure.
  • The tripod infrastructure is why there are so many grottoes and light caves.
  • The key was to take advantage of existing oil-industry infrastructure.
  • Now, e-bikes and e-scooters can share the road and the charging infrastructure, too.
  • High-speed rail is among the things to come out of the stimulus bill and its focus on infrastructure.
  • Right now, a search of many areas shows how woefully inadequate the official charging infrastructure remains.
  • From hacking infrastructure to a detonating a nuclear.
  • The main thrust would be on solar and wind energy infrastructure.
  • But transmission lines cost money, and utilities say investing too much more in infrastructure will cost consumers.
British Dictionary definitions for infrastructure

infrastructure

/ˈɪnfrəˌstrʌktʃə/
noun
1.
the basic structure of an organization, system, etc
2.
the stock of fixed capital equipment in a country, including factories, roads, schools, etc, considered as a determinant of economic growth
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Word Origin and History for infrastructure
n.

1887, from French infrastructure (1875); see infra- + structure (n.). The installations that form the basis for any operation or system. Originally in a military sense.

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infrastructure in Technology

systems
Basic support services for computing, particularly national networks.
See also information superhighway.
(1995-06-27)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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