substructure

[ suhb-struhk-cher, suhb-struhk- ]
/ sʌbˈstrʌk tʃər, ˈsʌbˌstrʌk- /

noun

a structure forming the foundation of a building or other construction.
the foundations, piers, and abutments upon which the trusses or girders of the spans of a bridge rest.
any basic structure or organization.

Nearby words

  1. substract,
  2. substrate,
  3. substratosphere,
  4. substratum,
  5. substruction,
  6. subsulfate,
  7. subsume,
  8. subsumption,
  9. subsurface,
  10. subsystem

Origin of substructure

First recorded in 1720–30; sub- + structure

Related formssub·struc·tur·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for substructure

substructure

/ (ˈsʌbˌstrʌktʃə) /

noun

a structure, pattern, etc, that forms the basis of anything
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

substructure

n.

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

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Medicine definitions for substructure

substructure

[ sŭbstrŭk′chər ]

n.

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


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