One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Usually figurative or in figurative contexts.
2In literal sense. Occasionally also in reference to natural structures.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Jackson (1600–1648). From classical Latin superstruct-, past participial stem of superstruere to build or construct on top (also in figurative use), to provide with a superstructure, after superstruction and superstructure. Compare earlier superstructive and also superstructive.
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