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[in-fruh-struhk-cher] /ˈɪn frəˌstrʌk tʃər/
the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.
the fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or area, as transportation and communication systems, power plants, and schools.
the military installations of a country.
Origin of infrastructure
1925-30; infra + structure
Related forms
infrastructural, adjective
1. basis, foundation, support. Unabridged
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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


the basic structure of an organization, system, etc
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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infrastructure in Technology

Basic support services for computing, particularly national networks.
See also information superhighway.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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