Meaning of CONFIGURATION in English


n.1 a an arrangement of parts or elements in a particular form or figure. b the form, shape, or figure resulting from such an arrangement.

2 Astron. & Astrol. the relative position of planets etc.

3 Psychol. gestalt.

4 Physics the distribution of electrons among the energy levels of an atom, or of nucleons among the energy levels of a nucleus, as specified by quantum numbers.

5 Chem. the fixed three-dimensional relationship of the atoms in a molecule.

6 Computing a the interrelating or interconnecting of a computer system or elements of it so that it will accommodate a particular specification. b an instance of this.


configurational adj. configure (in senses 1, 2, 6).

Etymology: LL configuratio f. L configurare (as com-, figurare fashion)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.