Definition of configuration in English:

configuration

noun

  • 1An arrangement of parts or elements in a particular form, figure, or combination.

    ‘the unrepeatable configuration of the stars at the moment of your birth’
    ‘the broad configuration of the economy remains capitalist’
    • ‘The configuration is circular, with showcases arranged along two semicircular walls with an opening in the center.’
    • ‘In contemporary Britain, the ‘working mother’ is the figure around which many bio-political configurations are organized.’
    • ‘That way he could arrange them in different configurations to determine spacing.’
    • ‘These are citizens without power, with only their place within the class configuration to preserve their identity.’
    • ‘Unlike the statue spot, where viewers had to struggle past the artisans or through trees to get a glimpse of the musicians, the new configurations offers crisp sight lines to the hands laying frantic beats.’
    • ‘The seating configuration of the plane is two six-seater pockets, and I find myself seated back-to-back with Arnold.’
    • ‘Thanks to versatile seating configurations and an extra 16 inches of wheelbase and overall length, this truck carries a large volume of gear in a variety of shapes and sizes.’
    • ‘It's a long wheelbase job that not only provides a great deal more space in the back but also offers a choice of seating configurations, new trim and equipment options as well as a variety of communications and multi-media packages.’
    • ‘The 767 will accommodate any combination of these configurations.’
    • ‘Families, these days, as perhaps they always did, come in a huge array of shapes, sizes and configurations.’
    • ‘There are many shapes, colours and configurations available.’
    • ‘These discrete building blocks must have individually useful optical properties and easily integrate with other optical materials in a broad range of configurations.’
    • ‘The configuration presents the appearance of a logistic supply ship without the obvious display of force.’
    • ‘Some like a particular configuration of landscape elements, others don't.’
    • ‘They then subjected various configurations to finite element analysis.’
    • ‘Today, however, the lamps are available in a wide range of styles, configurations and shapes.’
    • ‘The strong trend in the past few years has been to combine them into configurations that maximise the use you can get out of their features.’
    • ‘It's like a brass flower designed in the same configuration or shape as the old 78 players.’
    • ‘As a result of the 1839 partition, the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg got its present configuration.’
    • ‘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.’
    arrangement, layout, geography, design, organization, order, ordering, array, presentation, grouping, sorting, positioning, disposition, marshalling, ranging, alignment
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    1. 1.1Computing 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's no need for special software, hardware or configuration on client devices.’
      • ‘Also, make sure the slowdown is due to the software, not user configuration or possibly hardware mishandling.’
      • ‘In principle, there may be several architectural solutions involving different network, software, and hardware configurations.’
    2. 1.2Chemistry The fixed three-dimensional relationship of the atoms in a molecule, defined by the bonds between them.
      Compare with conformation
      • ‘The hexagonal pattern at the center of the image is likely to be associated with the hexagonal packing configuration of lipid molecules.’
      • ‘He demonstrated that the most stable configuration for some molecules was some intermediary structure between two other structures.’
      • ‘In this configuration the molecule is slightly more stable.’
      • ‘A nucleophile is any negative ion or neutral molecule whose electronic configuration consists of at least one unpaired electron pair.’
      • ‘The electron configurations of atoms are how the electrons are distributed among the principal energy levels, sublevels, and orbitals.’
  • 2Psychology

    another term for gestalt
    • ‘Psychologists who work with children, adolescents, couples and families often include various configurations of individuals in their work.’
    • ‘In a second configuration, the same aggressive children were paired with nonaggressive classmates who were not their buddies.’
    • ‘Many studies were based on clinical interviews, and explored the precise configuration of symptoms presented by the survivor patients.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

configuration

/kənˌfɪɡəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/