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[suhb-struhk-cher, suhb-struhk-] /sʌbˈstrʌk tʃər, ˈsʌbˌstrʌk-/
a structure forming the foundation of a building or other construction.
the foundations, piers, and abutments upon which the trusses or girders of the spans of a bridge rest.
any basic structure or organization.
Origin of substructure
1720-30; sub- + structure
Related forms
substructural, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for substructure
  • Amyloid diseases share the same molecular substructure.
  • We do not have the homogenous substructure, with a population counted and accounted for in great detail.
  • It is not negating the reality of human population substructure.
  • The name of the game again is population substructure in the service of medical research.
  • Probably the substructure through endogamy and population bottlenecks are obscuring broader dynamics.
  • So you're looking for population substructure, and inferred admixture.
  • substructure maintenance involves maintenance to bents, tubes, piers and abutments.
  • Please draw the structure or substructure you wish to search for.
  • The substructure is the foundation of the bridge and transfers the loads of the structure to the ground.
  • The substructure details consist of an integral abutment with a single row of vertical piles.
British Dictionary definitions for substructure


a structure, pattern, etc, that forms the basis of anything
a structure forming a foundation or framework for a building or other construction
Derived Forms
substructural, adjective
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Word Origin and History for substructure

1726, from sub- + structure (n.).

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substructure in Medicine

substructure sub·struc·ture (sŭb'strŭk'chər)
A tissue or structure wholly or partly beneath the surface.

sub·struc'tur·al adj.
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