[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.
Origin of configuration
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- 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
C16: from Late Latin configūrātiō a similar formation, from configūrāre to model on something, from figūrāre to shape, fashion
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Word Origin and History for pre-configuration
1550s, from Latin configurationem (nominative configuratio), noun of action from past participle stem of configurare (see configure).
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- The arrangement of parts or elements of a whole, especially the structural arrangement of atoms in a compound or molecule.
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