- the relative position or aspect of heavenly bodies.
- a group of stars.
- the way a computer or computer system is put together; a specific set and arrangement of internal and external components, including hardware, software, and devices.
- the way a software program or device is set up for a particular computer, computer system, or task; the specific settings for a program or device: configuration of your email program to work with your new ISP.
Origin of configuration
OTHER WORDS FROM configurationcon·fig·u·ra·tion·al, con·fig·u·ra·tive [kuhn-fig-yer-uh-tiv, -yuh-rey-tiv], /kənˈfɪg yər ə tɪv, -yəˌreɪ tɪv/, adjectivecon·fig·u·ra·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·con·fig·u·ra·tion, noun
Words nearby configuration
How to use configuration in a sentence
Since the pliable phase has fewer possible configurations, it has less entropy.The Shape-Shifting Squeeze Coolers|Marcus Woo|August 24, 2020|Quanta Magazine
The proof is much more than a readout of all the configurations of variables the computers checked.Computer Search Settles 90-Year-Old Math Problem|Kevin Hartnett|August 19, 2020|Quanta Magazine
For the beads, depending on the shape of the landscape, starting at a higher temperature meant they could more easily rearrange themselves into a configuration that matched a lower temperature.A new experiment hints at how hot water can freeze faster than cold|Emily Conover|August 7, 2020|Science News
This particular configuration is indeed the easiest to discover in experiments.CERN: Physicists Report the Discovery of Unique New Particle|Harry Cliff|July 15, 2020|Singularity Hub
He proposed a model of the solar system that based the distances between planetary orbits on a particular configuration of the five solids.The Two Forms of Mathematical Beauty|Robbert Dijkgraaf|June 16, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Most people could agree on whether a given configuration of materials is a functioning vehicle or a useless set of parts.The Birth of the Novel|Nick Romeo|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mark was told by his geneticist that, given her genomic configuration, Jennifer was unusually verbal, mobile, and independent.Parents Sue for 'Wrongful Birth'|Elizabeth Picciuto|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In our current configuration of religious interest groups, we find significant overlap with party politics.Even Conservative Evangelical Support Couldn’t Save Immigration Reform|Jacob Lupfer|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why were the toys in her room arranged in the same configuration as the gang rape scenario depicted in the gruesome video?True Detective’s Red Herring: Actress Erin Moriarty, Who Plays Marty’s Daughter, Tells All|Marlow Stern|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Several will retire and be replaced -- and even one replacement could fundamentally change the configuration of the court.Will the Court Shift Under the Next President?|Megan McArdle|November 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The interior of the church is broad and lofty, but through its Norman configuration it is stiff and coldly ponderous in effect.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
At one particular place an enormous avalanche is an annual event, owing to the peculiar configuration of the gorges.The Cradle of Mankind|W.A. Wigram
I point out to you the configuration which is halfway down the garage doorjamb outline.Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The pyramidal configuration has resolved itself into an unconstrained grouping of figures.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)|Richard Muther
Art still profounder was perhaps shown in the configuration of the nose.
British Dictionary definitions for configuration
- Also called: conformation the shape of a molecule as determined by the arrangement of its atoms
- the structure of an atom or molecule as determined by the arrangement of its electrons and nucleons