One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.
structure, framework, frame, form, make-up, constitution, composition, construction, organization, foundations, mechanisms, anatomy, essenceView synonyms
- ‘In the past, these infrastructures were physically and functionally separate.’
- ‘Facility executives also should identify what network infrastructures exist in the facility.’
- ‘Little is being invested in the infrastructure and maintenance of the oil industry.’
- ‘It would run the infrastructure and charge the train operators for the use of the track.’
- ‘If people are healthy and educated they are then stronger to improve their own communities and build sound infrastructures.’
- ‘But he also emphasized the need to provide physical protection to critical infrastructures.’
- ‘They require breaking old habits and patterns of care and forging new infrastructures.’
- ‘Multinationals are also investing in infrastructure and communication systems.’
- ‘In some cases, they may even push the cooling infrastructures of older design facilities beyond their limits.’
- ‘It recognises the infrastructure in place and the level of service we can provide here.’
- ‘We also need to progress our plans to invest in the transport infrastructure.’
- ‘Existing communication infrastructures should be used, but others may need to be developed.’
- ‘In France, investing in railways is seen as investing in the infrastructure of France.’
- ‘It is easy to integrate into existing wired networks and standard enterprise computing infrastructures.’
- ‘We are exploring new avenues where we can use our vast infrastructure to earn profits.’
- ‘The French built an infrastructure and created a rudimentary education system.’
- ‘India is also emerging as a huge coal consumer as it works to upgrade its infrastructure.’
- ‘This is not intended to be a political debate about ownership of the infrastructure.’
- ‘It has the infrastructure in place and knows the logistics of large scale delivery systems.’
- ‘In this country we have the resources and expertise to build infrastructures and basis for commerce abroad.’
Early 20th century: from French (see infra-, structure).
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