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superstructure

[ soo-per-struhk-cher ]

noun

  1. the part of a building or construction entirely above its foundation or basement.
  2. any structure built on something else.
  3. the overlying framework or features of an organization, institution, or system, built or superimposed on a more fundamental base.
  4. Nautical. any construction built above the main deck of a vessel as an upward continuation of the sides. Compare deckhouse.
  5. the part of a bridge that rests on the piers and abutments.
  6. anything based on or rising from some foundation or basis:

    a complex ideological superstructure based on two hypotheses.



superstructure

/ ˈsuːpəˌstrʌktʃə /

noun

  1. the part of a building above its foundation
  2. any structure or concept erected on something else
  3. nautical any structure above the main deck of a ship with sides flush with the sides of the hull
  4. the part of a bridge supported by the piers and abutments
  5. (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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Derived Forms

  • ˈsuperˌstructural, adjective

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Other Words From

  • super·structur·al adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of superstructure1

First recorded in 1635–45; super- + structure

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Example Sentences

According to medieval sources, the citadel temple was a grand example of pre-Christian Slavic architecture with the huge timber superstructure being topped by an immaculately placed red roof facade.

Last summer, DeepMind released AlphaFold Multimer, which is designed to predict the structure of protein complexes—superstructures made of multiple proteins clumped together.

Because of its brilliant white color, you don't see a dividing line between the hull and superstructure.

A large metal sign permanently affixed to the superstructure reminded us that we were on the “Sagamore Bridge, 1933-1935.”

That it was adapted to carry a vast and consistent logical superstructure, gave it beauty.

We have commenced at the superstructure of the building, instead of the foundation—at the top instead of the bottom.

The work which he did was in laying foundations, while the superstructure was to be reared in other years and by other hands.

The superstructure was merely a cone composed of a framework of poles interlaced with branches and twigs plastered with clay.

The American plutocracy has developed upon a superstructure of Puritanism, and therefore, in America, hypocrisy is necessary.

Discusses scientific, artistic and religious activities, as a superstructure built upon the foundation of the standard wage.

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