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 Dictionary entry overview: What does configuration mean? 

  The noun CONFIGURATION has 2 senses:

1. an arrangement of parts or elements
2. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

  Familiarity information: CONFIGURATION used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1configuration [BACK TO TOP]


An arrangement of parts or elements

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


configuration; constellation

Context example:

the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time

Hypernyms ("configuration" is a kind of...):

design; plan (an arrangement scheme)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "configuration"):

redundancy ((electronics) a system design that duplicates components to provide alternatives in case one component fails)

network topology; topology (the configuration of a communication network)

chunking; unitisation; unitization ((psychology) the configuration of smaller units of information into large coordinated units)

Sense 2configuration [BACK TO TOP]


Any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


shape; configuration; conformation; contour; form

Context example:

he could barely make out their shapes

Hypernyms ("configuration" is a kind of...):

spatial property; spatiality (any property relating to or occupying space)


straight (having no deviations)

crooked (having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "configuration"):

keenness; sharpness (thinness of edge or fineness of point)

stratification (a layered configuration)

crookedness (having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles)

straightness (freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles)

roundness (the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular)

curvature; curve (the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface)

narrowing (an instance of becoming narrow)

angularity (the property possessed by a shape that has angles)

convexity; convexness (the property possessed by a convex shape)

concaveness; concavity (the property possessed by a concave shape)

lobularity (the property of having lobules)

topography (the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features)

bluntness; dullness (without sharpness or clearness of edge or point)

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