Definition of configuration in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˌfiɡ(y)əˈrāSH(ə)n/


1An arrangement of elements in a particular form, figure, or combination: the broad configuration of the economy remains capitalist the arena is equipped to stage indoor sports with various configurations of seating
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  • The 767 will accommodate any combination of these configurations.
  • A friend of mine goes with the theory that there is no self, rather that he is a configuration of infinite diverse elements in a state of constant change.
  • Some like a particular configuration of landscape elements, others don't.
arrangement, layout, geography, design, organization, order, grouping, positioning, disposition, alignment;
shape, form, appearance, formation, structure, setup, format
1.1 Chemistry The fixed three-dimensional relationship of the atoms in a molecule, defined by the bonds between them. Compare with conformation.
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  • A nucleophile is any negative ion or neutral molecule whose electronic configuration consists of at least one unpaired electron pair.
  • He demonstrated that the most stable configuration for some molecules was some intermediary structure between two other structures.
  • The electron configurations of atoms are how the electrons are distributed among the principal energy levels, sublevels, and orbitals.
1.2 Computing The arrangement or set-up of the hardware and software that make up a computer system: the PC comes with a removable hard disk drive as part of the standard configuration
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  • In principle, there may be several architectural solutions involving different network, software, and hardware configurations.
  • Software and hardware configurations keep most of the intruders at bay, but being able to recognise abnormal activity when it occurs seems to be the best method.
  • Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software configurations.
1.3 Psychology another term for gestalt.
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  • Psychologists who work with children, adolescents, couples and families often include various configurations of individuals in their work.
  • After a separation or divorce, social configurations change, making feelings of loss and loneliness more intense.
  • Participants were also asked about the percentage of their time engaged in different types of therapy configurations.



Pronunciation: /-SHənl/
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  • For systems undertaking rare configurational transitions, a more meaningful estimate of order parameters can be performed by averaging data using blocks of configurations not containing the transitions.
  • This is a proof for the presence of small energetic deeps within large ones, consistent with a hierarchical organization of the configurational space.
  • Shall we conclude, then, that three-quarters of a century of warfare between associationist and configurational learning theories taught us little or nothing about the real nature of learning?


Pronunciation: /-SHənl-ē/
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  • The glycerol backbone of PC is configurationally analogous to the initial three carbons of the 18 carbon sphingoid base of SPM.
  • In most cases (except for example 8, whose axis can freely rotate), the biaryl axis is configurationally stable and represents an additional element of chirality.
  • In the past three decades, three methods have emerged for the study of configurationally random alloys.


Pronunciation: /-ˈfiɡ(y)ərətiv/
Example sentences
  • The investments being made by players in their configurative role are harnessed, leveraged and incorporated by developers.
  • In this way, so the configurative theory tells us, a courtyard could be civilized without giving it an overtly formal straightjacket.
  • Thus the artist's engagement with technology can be a magnified instance of the raw configurative force of language, called out by sheer unlimited formativity.


Mid 16th century (denoting the relative position of celestial objects): from late Latin configuratio(n-), from Latin configurare 'shape after a pattern' (see configure).

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Syllabification: con·fig·u·ra·tion

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