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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Such phase changes occur when minerals adopt different atomic configurations as temperatures and pressures change.
▪ Plants in the same general category produce different configurations of wastes, since they operate in the slightly different ways.
▪ They make a variety of short-, medium-, and long-term decisions, each frequently requiring different configurations and quality of information.
▪ Their inward minds possess different energy configurations to ours.
▪ Moreover, different configurations may arise at various times.
▪ The electrons and muons in these molecules can take up several different configurations, each with their own characteristic energy.
▪ But how did he choose the initial state or configuration of the universe?
▪ The frequency of cooperators,, for 300 generations, starting with a random initial configuration of.
▪ Thus there must have been initial configurations that would not have given rise to a universe like the one we see today.
▪ We had performed the movement so many times, our bodies slipping past each other into a new configuration.
▪ A specific entity loses its identity as it emerges into a new entity or a new configuration of entities.
▪ None of the software created under ToolChest can be optimised for any particular Sparc configuration without forfeiting compliance.
▪ Abrams explained this in terms of a particular configuration of economic factors affecting the United States at this time.
▪ So presumably, other creatures are simply talking and communicating about the world according to their particular mind configurations.
▪ Local social structures are characterised by particular configurations of skill, by gender relations and by communal bonding.
▪ The machine, which comes in seven standard configurations, was originally developed for in-house scientific research.
▪ The two vans come to a halt in their standard configuration.
▪ Large clear span skylights to standard and non-standard configuration.
▪ In all these projects, what has become clear is that software configuration control is essential.
▪ This method ensures configuration control of software issues, and forms what is equally clearly the prerequisite of software management.
▪ These hard copy keywords must be entered as the final keywords in the configuration file.
▪ Section 3.3 looks at some of the parameters in the configuration file not covered in Section 2.4.
▪ This means that configuration management across process boundaries must be manual.
▪ Liberalization will also change the technical configuration of electricity systems, and thereby their environmental impact.
▪ You can change your configuration so that it looks like it's coming from somebody else, either real or fictitious.
▪ Action Check that the configuration file is pointing to the correct Process Directory.
▪ It works by checking the configuration of programs against a database showing the proper setup.
▪ This method ensures configuration control of software issues, and forms what is equally clearly the prerequisite of software management.
▪ The well-known poet, e.e. cummings, does precisely that; he achieves special effect by using unusual grammatical configurations.
▪ It reportedly uses centrally maintained configuration information along with dynamically gathered performance information to choose the best suited computer for each application.
▪ HingeIt comes in several configurations and the Eurorack version is heated, like those lovely accessories in Continental baths.
▪ Its function is landfill gas monitoring and it is available in single or dual-detector configurations.
▪ Supported Ethernet gateway configurations are similar to those currently supported by 3174 Token Ring gateway configurations.
▪ That the dandruff flecks on his left shoulder formed the configuration of Ursa Major.
▪ The specific trend features mosaics of circular-concentric configuration, whereas the general one features mosaics of relatively complex, strictly axial geometries.
▪ There will be one-to-four port configurations for the desktop and T-1 configuration for large client/server installations.
▪ This will allow refitted wagons to be marshalled in mixed train configurations pending the completion of installation work.
▪ We had performed the movement so many times, our bodies slipping past each other into a new configuration.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Configuration \Con*fig`u*ra"tion\, n. [L. configuratio.]

  1. 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.

  2. (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.

  1. n. an arrangement of parts or elements; "the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time" [syn: constellation]

  2. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke" [syn: shape, form, contour, conformation]


Configuration may refer to:

In computing:

  • 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

In physics:

  • 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

Other uses:

  • 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
Configuration (geometry)

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.