Crossword clues for configuration
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Configuration \Con*fig`u*ra"tion\, n. [L. configuratio.]
Form, as depending on the relative disposition of the parts of a thing; shape; figure.
It is the variety of configurations [of the mouth] . . . which gives birth and origin to the several vowels.
(Astrol.) Relative position or aspect of the planets; the face of the horoscope, according to the relative positions of the planets at any time.
They [astrologers] undertook . . . to determine the course of a man's character and life from the configuration of the stars at the moment of his birth.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1550s, from Latin configurationem (nominative configuratio), noun of action from past participle stem of configurare (see configure).
n. 1 Form, as depending on the relative disposition of the parts of a thing's shape; figure; form factor. 2 Relative position or aspect of the planets; the face of the horoscope, according to the relative positions of the planets at any time. 3 The way things are arranged or put together in order to achieve a result. 4 (context physics chemistry English) The arrangement of electrons in an atom, molecule, or other physical structure like a crystal. 5 (context algebra English) A finite set of points and lines (and sometimes planes), generally with equal numbers of points per line and equal numbers of lines per point.
Configuration may refer to:
- Computer configuration or system configuration
- Configuration file, a software file used to configure the initial settings for a computer program
- Configurator, also known as choice board, design system, or co-design platform, used in product design to capture customers' specifications
- Configure (computing) ("./configure" in Unix), the output of Autotools; used to detect system configuration
- CONFIG.SYS, the primary configuration file for the MS-DOS and OS/2 operating systems
- Configuration space, in classical mechanics, the vector space formed by the parameters of a system
- Electron configuration, the distribution of electrons of an atom or molecule
- Molecular configuration, the permanent geometry that results from the spatial arrangement of molecular bonds
- Configurons – elementary configurational excitations in amorphous materials which involve breaking of chemical bonds and associated strain-releasing local adjustment of centres of atomic vibration
- Configuration (geometry), a finite set of points and lines with certain properties
- Configuration (locomotive parts), denoting the number of leading, driving, and trailing axles on a locomotive
- Configuration management, a systems engineering quality control process
- In historical behaviour studies, a pattern of human behaviour
Although certain specific configurations had been studied earlier (for instance by Thomas Kirkman in 1849), the formal study of configurations was first introduced by Theodor Reye in 1876, in the second edition of his book Geometrie der Lage, in the context of a discussion of Desargues' theorem. Ernst Steinitz wrote his dissertation on the subject in 1894, and they were popularized by Hilbert and Cohn-Vossen's 1932 book Anschauliche Geometrie, reprinted in English .
Configurations may be studied either as concrete sets of points and lines in a specific geometry, such as the Euclidean or projective planes (these are said to be realizable in that geometry), or as a type of abstract incidence geometry. In the latter case they are closely related to regular hypergraphs and biregular bipartite graphs, but with some additional restrictions: every two points of the incidence structure can be associated with at most one line, and every two lines can be associated with at most one point. That is, the girth of the corresponding bipartite graph (the Levi graph of the configuration) must be at least six.
Usage examples of "configuration".
The ambiplasma pressure will push fleeing molecules and particles into optimum configuration for further interaction.
Alps, mountaineers are said to use the ameboid configurations of elongated ant nests as pointers to the south.
It shows for the Australasian regions totally different configurations.
We settled down to look in more detail at the configuration of cables, drive train, repair stations and buckets that was being flashed to us over the suit videos.
Australasian regions and its fantastic islands, the leading feature inaugurated in this important wood block is a marked departure from the Behaimean and Schonerean configurations, one strange phase of this new departure being the total disappearance of the Austral-Asian continental protuberance which occupied in previous charts the site of Australia.
Mereological sums exist not only as configurations of physical objects in space but as sequences, or continua, of mental and physical events in time.
All the other kinds that have multiplied like rabbits in the minds of bought scientists are merely reactions to neutron configurations of flows and counterflows of energy.
Because the same data you received yesterday is in locked-down launch configuration at fifty places in the Landfall dataflow, preprogrammed for high-impact delivery into every corporate stack in the Cartel.
The sketch given here shows the Indian Ocean of a map of the world in an edition of La Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alexandrino, published in Venice in 1574, the configuration of which map dates probably as far back as A.
Next you tow your twelve moons into place, positioning them so that they occupy the same synchronous orbit in a stable dodecagonal configuration.
He bent down and studied it, trying to judge what the angle of his vision had been a moment before and how such an angle might set a particular configuration of leaves into an earlike pattern.
Imagine that rearranging the furniture in your living room could cause the roof to catch fire, or the paint on the basement walls to change color, and that putting out the fire or repainting could cause the doors to falloff and the furniture to reset to its original configuration.
From the Triassic to the Holocene, from Pangaea through the breakup of the supercontinent into what eventually became the modern configuration of continents, he liked to find his pencils sharp and where he expected them to be.
After studying the records of the last encounter, Ben had learned how the configuration of the icosahedral artifact anticipated the direction of the resulting beam.
Ben had learned how the configuration of the icosahedral artifact anticipated the direction of the resulting beam.