Meaning of CONFIGURATION in English


I.  ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈrāshən also ˌkän- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Late Latin configuration-, configuratio comparison, shaping, from Latin configuratus + -ion-, -io -ion


a. astrology : relative position or aspect of the planets

b. astronomy : any of several limiting apparent positions of a celestial body with respect to another (as conjunction, quadrature, opposition, and elongation)


a. : relative disposition or arrangement of parts : interrelationships of constituent elements

b. : the contour, pattern, or figure produced by such disposition

a network of roads following the configuration of the country — John Buchan

3. : a geometrical figure usually consisting of points and lines and the points, lines, and planes which may be derived from them

4. : the structure of chemical compounds especially with reference to the space relations of the atoms in molecules


[German konfiguration, from Late Latin configuration-, configuratio ]

: gestalt

Synonyms: see form

II. noun

: something (as a figure, contour, pattern, or apparatus) that results from a particular arrangement of parts or components ; especially : a set of interconnected equipment forming a computer system

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