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substruction

[suhb-struhk-shuh n]
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noun
  1. a foundation or substructure.
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Origin of substruction

1615–25; < Latin substructiōn- (stem of substructiō) foundation, equivalent to substruct(us), past participle of substruere to lay a foundation (sub- sub- + struc-, variant stem of struere to arrange, put in order + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
Related formssub·struc·tion·al, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • All the rectangular stones of the substruction are of white marble.

    Rambles in Rome

    S. Russell Forbes

  • The remains are interesting, though they do little more than show perfectly the substruction and plan of the ancient building.

    Walks in Rome

    Augustus J.C. Hare

  • The substruction of this temple, which has been laid bare, consists of tufa cased with travertine.

    Old Rome

    Robert Burn

  • It was wide and solidly built, resting on the Roman substruction, and covered by a platform on vaulting.

    Annals of a Fortress

    E. Viollet-le-Duc