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[suhb-struhk-shuh n] /sʌbˈstrʌk ʃən/
a foundation or substructure.
Origin of substruction
1615-25; < Latin substructiōn- (stem of substructiō) foundation, equivalent to substruct(us), past participle of substruere to lay a foundation (sub- sub- + struc-, variant stem of struere to arrange, put in order + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
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substructional, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The substruction of this temple, which has been laid bare, consists of tufa cased with travertine.

    Old Rome Robert Burn
  • All the rectangular stones of the substruction are of white marble.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • The remains are interesting, though they do little more than show perfectly the substruction and plan of the ancient building.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • It was wide and solidly built, resting on the Roman substruction, and covered by a platform on vaulting.

    Annals of a Fortress E. Viollet-le-Duc

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