- the relative disposition or arrangement of the parts or elements of a thing.
- external form, as resulting from this; conformation.
- the relative position or aspect of heavenly bodies.
- a group of stars.
- Chemistry. an atomic spatial arrangement that is fixed by the chemical bonding in a molecule and that cannot be altered without breaking bonds (contrasted with conformation).
- 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
Related Words for configurationshape, composition, structure, contour, disposition, figure, form, outline, Gestalt
Examples from the Web for configuration
Contemporary Examples of configuration
In our current configuration of religious interest groups, we find significant overlap with party politics.Even Conservative Evangelical Support Couldn’t Save Immigration Reform
July 6, 2014
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?
November 1, 2012
Saturn in Libra joins in a Grand Cross configuration by Friday.Horoscopes: May 29-June 4, 2011
Starsky + Cox
May 28, 2011
Peptides provide a cheese with its distinct flavor, based on the configuration of these amino-acid chains.Why We Love Stinky Cheese
January 14, 2010
Historical Examples of configuration
Owing to the configuration of the pass, that fifty could hold it against a thousand.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
Let us see how we may treat the surface by simple lines so as to indicate the configuration.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
A peacock's tail not merely in configuration but in its gorgeousness of color.Where the Strange Trails Go Down
E. Alexander Powell
In its configuration the island is elevated but not mountainous.
The sites of the first are determined by the configuration of the earth.A History of Art in Chalda & Assyria, v. 1
- the arrangement of the parts of something
- the external form or outline achieved by such an arrangement
- physics chem
- Also called: conformationthe 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
- psychol the unit or pattern in perception studied by Gestalt psychologists
- computing the particular choice of hardware items and their interconnection that make up a particular computer system
Word Origin for configuration
Word Origin and History for configuration
1550s, from Latin configurationem (nominative configuratio), noun of action from past participle stem of configurare (see configure).
- The arrangement of parts or elements of a whole, especially the structural arrangement of atoms in a compound or molecule.