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infrastructure

[in-fruh-struhk-cher]
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noun
  1. the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.
  2. the fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or area, as transportation and communication systems, power plants, and schools.
  3. the military installations of a country.
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Origin of infrastructure

First recorded in 1925–30; infra + structure
Related formsin·fra·struc·tur·al, adjective

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1. basis, foundation, support.
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infrastructure

noun
  1. the basic structure of an organization, system, etc
  2. the stock of fixed capital equipment in a country, including factories, roads, schools, etc, considered as a determinant of economic growth
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Word Origin and History for infrastructural

infrastructure

n.

1887, from French infrastructure (1875); see infra- + structure (n.). The installations that form the basis for any operation or system. Originally in a military sense.

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