infrastructure

[ in-fruh-struhk-cher ]
/ ˈɪn frəˌstrʌk tʃər /

noun

the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.
the fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or area, as transportation and communication systems, power plants, and schools.
the military installations of a country.

Origin of infrastructure

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

/ (ˈɪnfrəˌstrʌktʃə) /

noun

the basic structure of an organization, system, etc
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 infrastructure

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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