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1 an arrangement of parts or elements; "the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time" [syn: constellation]
2 any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke" [syn: shape, form, contour, conformation]

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configure + ation.



  1. Form, as depending on the relative disposition of the parts of a thing's shape; figure.
  2. Relative position or aspect of the planets; the face of the horoscope, according to the relative positions of the planets at any time.
  3. The way things are arranged or put together in order to achieve a result.
  4. In the context of "physics|chemistry": The arrangement of electrons in an atom, molecule, or other physical structure like a crystal.


relative disposition
  • German: Konfiguration
  • Portuguese: configuração
  • Spanish: configuración
arrangement of electrons

Extensive Definition

Ramki The term configuration has several meanings:

See also

  • CONFIG.SYS, the primary configuration file for MS-DOS and OS/2 operating system
  • Airplane Configuration, the actual position of Trailing Edge Flaps Devices, Leading edges, Landing Gear of an aircraft during its operation inflight or on the ground.
configuration in German: Konfiguration
configuration in Spanish: Configuración
configuration in French: Configuration
configuration in Dutch: Configuratie
configuration in Japanese: コンフィギュレーション
configuration in Portuguese: Configuração
configuration in Russian: Конфигурация

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