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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

Synonyms

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1. basis, foundation, support.
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Examples from the Web for infrastructure

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  • To advance this concept, technology and its infrastructure and application are vital.

    Shock and Awe

    Harlan K. Ullman

  • Most communist countries inherited an infrastructure of laws and institutions from their historical predecessors.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • These are the telltale overt signs of a comprehensive collapse of the infrastructure and of the export and internal markets.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • To secure this remarkable achievement – the underworld had to procure and then maintain – infrastructure and technologies.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • A minimum of 10-13 billion dollars will be required simply to restore Serbia's infrastructure to its former, inglorious self.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin


British Dictionary definitions for infrastructure

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 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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