[kuh n-fig-yuh-rey-shuh n]
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.
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Origin of configuration
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the arrangement of the parts of something
the external form or outline achieved by such an arrangement
- 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
C16: from Late Latin configūrātiō a similar formation, from configūrāre to model on something, from figūrāre to shape, fashion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1550s, from Latin configurationem (nominative configuratio), noun of action from past participle stem of configurare (see configure).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The arrangement of parts or elements of a whole, especially the structural arrangement of atoms in a compound or molecule.
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