- the part of a building or construction entirely above its foundation or basement.
- any structure built on something else.
- the overlying framework or features of an organization, institution, or system, built or superimposed on a more fundamental base.
- Nautical. any construction built above the main deck of a vessel as an upward continuation of the sides.Compare deckhouse.
- the part of a bridge that rests on the piers and abutments.
- anything based on or rising from some foundation or basis: a complex ideological superstructure based on two hypotheses.
Origin of superstructure
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Examples from the Web for superstructure
Because of its brilliant white color, you don't see a dividing line between the hull and superstructure.The World's Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars
October 19, 2014
A large metal sign permanently affixed to the superstructure reminded us that we were on the “Sagamore Bridge, 1933-1935.”It’s Time America Makes Good Again on Its Belief in Public Works and Public Spirit
September 1, 2012
Feuillet, to raise the compleat and finish'd Superstructure on Mons.Orchesography
Not unless they're settin' on th' fur side o' th' superstructure.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
It is the foundation without which the superstructure is in vain.The Negro Farmer
We were standing back against the 316 wall of the superstructure.
It is this basis of insincerity which reveals itself throughout the superstructure.The Legacy of Greece
- the part of a building above its foundation
- any structure or concept erected on something else
- nautical any structure above the main deck of a ship with sides flush with the sides of the hull
- the part of a bridge supported by the piers and abutments
- (in Marxist theory) an edifice of interdependent agencies of the state, including legal and political institutions and ideologies, each possessing some autonomy but remaining products of the dominant mode of economic production
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Word Origin and History for superstructure
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A structure above the surface.
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