configuration[kən fig′yə rā′s̸hən]
- The definition of configuration is the way parts are arranged to work together.
- When artwork is laid out in order to maximize the connections between the pieces, this is an example of configuration.
- When you try to set up your computer hardware and software to work the way you want such as adding a wireless mouse and keyboard, this is an example of configuration.
- arrangement of parts
- form or figure as determined by the arrangement of parts; contour; outline
- Chem. the structure of a compound, esp. in the spatial relation of atoms in the molecule
- Comput. the way in which a computer and peripheral equipment are interconnected and programmed to operate as a system
Origin of configurationClassical Latin configuratio ; from configurare, to form after ; from com-, together + figurare: see figure
- con·fig′u·ra′tive, con·fig′u·ra′tion·al
- Form, as depending on the relative disposition of the parts of a thing's shape; figure; form factor.
- Relative position or aspect of the planets; the face of the horoscope, according to the relative positions of the planets at any time.
- The way things are arranged or put together in order to achieve a result.
- (physics, chemistry) The arrangement of electrons in an atom, molecule, or other physical structure like a crystal.
configuration - Computer Definition
The makeup of a system. To "configure software" means selecting programmable options that make the program function to the user's liking. To "configure hardware" means assembling desired components for a custom system as well as selecting options in the user-programmable parts of the system. "Configurability" refers to the hardware or software's ability to be changed and customized. See preferences.