[suhb-struhk-cher, suhb-struhk-]
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  1. a structure forming the foundation of a building or other construction.
  2. the foundations, piers, and abutments upon which the trusses or girders of the spans of a bridge rest.
  3. any basic structure or organization.

Origin of substructure

First recorded in 1720–30; sub- + structure
Related formssub·struc·tur·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for substructure


  1. a structure, pattern, etc, that forms the basis of anything
  2. a structure forming a foundation or framework for a building or other construction
Derived Formssubstructural, adjective
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Word Origin and History for substructure

1726, from sub- + structure (n.).

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substructure in Medicine


  1. A tissue or structure wholly or partly beneath the surface.
Related formssub•structur•al adj.
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