• WordNet 3.6
    • n configuration any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline) "he could barely make out their shapes"
    • n configuration an arrangement of parts or elements "the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Configuration 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."
    • Configuration (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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n configuration External form, figure, or shape, especially as resulting from the disposition and relation of the parts; external aspect or appearance: contour.
    • n configuration In astrology, relative position or aspect of the planets.
    • n configuration In modern astron., any noticeable grouping of stars which may aid in identifying them.
    • n configuration In analytical mechanics, the relative positions of the parts of a system at any moment.
    • n configuration In geometry, a ruled surface considered as a locus of rays; also, a system of three linear complexes.
    • n configuration A system of a finite number of points with their duals.
    • n configuration In organic chemistry, the arrangement of the atoms within the molecule, especially that arrangement in space which occasions optical activity.
    • n configuration A tetrastim with dots in A tetragram with sides in a a conic range has each pair conic pencil has each pair of of codots costraight with a diagonals copunctal with a pair of fan points of the pair of connectors of the tetragram of tangents at tetrastim of contacts on the the dots. sides.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Configuration kon-fig-ū-rā′shun external figure or shape: outline: relative position or aspect, as of planets
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. configuratio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. configuratiocon, together, and figurāre, to form. See Figure.


In literature:

He consulted ornithologists, and learned that the configuration of parallel lines agrees with the flight-formation of cranes.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
Two alternatives could explain the present configuration of that region.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The probability may be noted here that under the action of the alkaline hydrates there occurs a change of configuration.
"Researches on Cellulose" by C. F. Cross
It was from this point that the expeditions radiated that established the geographical configuration of North Somerset.
"The English at the North Pole" by Jules Verne
In its configuration the island is elevated but not mountainous.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
This is due to the natural configuration of the country.
"British Borneo" by W. H. Treacher
That soul must be configured and correlated to those principles of Order, Right, and Good which dwell in the Eternal Mind.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
The result of all this work," he said, "would produce a striking alteration in the configuration of some of the dark areas.
"To Mars via The Moon" by Mark Wicks
The sites of the first are determined by the configuration of the earth.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
In the Alps then the present configuration of the surface is mainly the result of denudation.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
What a strange configuration of body must he believe the apostle to have had!
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
And on both sides, the exaggerations are configured in a harmless pose.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Owing to the configuration of the pass, that fifty could hold it against a thousand.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The physical configuration of the island is singularly straggling.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The surface configuration and the climate of a place have much to do with the quality of the rugs manufactured within it.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
But any new cell configurations should immediately form tissue that's a facsimile of what's already there.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
This configuration appears to be derived from two causes.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
He jumped on the ride again and got his camera configured for low-light shooting.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
The taxonomic importance of the configurations of the palate was first pointed out by J. de Cornay.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
The configuration of the ground admitted of this.
"The Boys of '61" by Charles Carleton Coffin

In poetry:

Oh that I knew how all thy lights combine,
And the configurations of their glorie!
Seeing not only how each verse doth shine,
But all the constellations of the storie.
"The Holy Scriptures" by George Herbert
These men, this particular three in brown
Witnessed by birds will keep the scene and say
By their configuration with the trees,
The small bridge, the red houses and the fire,
What place, what time, what morning occasion
"Winter Landscape" by John Berryman

In news:

The updated core features configurable mapping between logical and physical SerDes lanes.
Bosch Security Systems released the latest version of its IRIS -Net PA control software, which includes new features in the areas of flexibility, performance, configuration, control, and monitoring.
With flanged, flangeless, and custom configurations offered.
Last year, the Kazakhs ordered six EC145s to kick off a framework deal that should eventually cover 45 of the multirole helicopters in various configurations.
Which Kerberos authentication features you need and how to configure them.
Kuwait – Honeywell has announced it has been selected to design, configure and install its UniSim Operations suite for Kuwait Paraxylene Production Company's aromatics plant in Shuaiba, Kuwait.
This nice-looking netbook has better-than-average input ergonomics, but a bloated software configuration.
Using the software supplied, the data logger, The EL-USB-1 can be configured to measure temperatures from -13 degrees to 176 degrees F (-25 degrees to 80 degrees C).
Studebaker produced more than a dozen configurations of the Lend-Lease US6 "Deuce and a Half".
The levelers come in two configurations: fork-over for skids and pallets without cross-bottom boards, and straddle for open or closed bottom pallets and skids.
These 100C LiPos come in a saddle pack configuration with a hard case and bullet connectors, and will fit into many 1/10 4WD buggies and short course trucks out on the market today.
When you think you have successfully developed an oil with the correct omega-3 configuration, in a volume that meets your needs, you will then be faced with another up-and-coming barrier: sustainability of the raw materials.
Benchmade has introduced the Harley-Davidson Nonconformist folding knife in drop-point (13800) and Tanto (13801) configurations.
Paying bills and configuring our income and expenses were his top priority in preparing for his annual meeting with our accountant yesterday.
Around the time that Outfest was celebrating its 10th anniversary (give or take a year), gay-and-lesbian cinema was briefly, powerfully re-configured into New Queer Cinema.

In science:

April takes her new Personal Memex and decides to configure it to customize the interface of the Personal Memex.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Additionally, the goal was to design a mount that can be easily, but precisely and securely plugged into a field-plate, so that various multi-IFU layouts are possible for the full VIRUS configuration (see Figure 4).
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
Top (left) and bottom (right) CAD view of a possible multi-IFU configuration, using a custom-made plug-plate.
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
Also, as there may be as many as 150 fiber bundles with a length of 15 meters in the full VIRUS configuration, weight load on the HET tracker becomes an issue.
Prototype development of the Integral-Field unit for VIRUS
Here nc, nc’ and nc’’ are integers depending on the configuration of the lattice.
Conjectures on exact solution of three - dimensional (3D) simple orthorhombic Ising lattices
Then the configuration of the simple orthorhombic Ising model is given by the set {ν1, ν1, …νm}.
Conjectures on exact solution of three - dimensional (3D) simple orthorhombic Ising lattices
N → ∞, since the number of the configurations of the Ising model increases in a fashion of 2N. In the finite system that is simulated, there is a difficulty that there is not a sharp transition between zero and non-zero magnetization or a sharp peak in the specific heat.
Conjectures on exact solution of three - dimensional (3D) simple orthorhombic Ising lattices
Middle and right, extended configurations (coil) when stretching the molecule by an external force (shown as a virtual AFM tip).
Prototyping Bio-Nanorobots using Molecular Dynamics Simulation
Evaluation of this parameter is done in the same configuration used for noise measurement (fig.1). b).
Acquisition Accuracy Evaluation in Visual Inspection Systems - a Practical Approach
An important point to notice is that average distribution SN (k)T is different from the individual network configurations N(k).
The Blind Watchmaker Network: Scale-freeness and Evolution
The striking difference is that a single network configurations always contains large split-off nodes, as illustrated in Fig. 2(d).
The Blind Watchmaker Network: Scale-freeness and Evolution
The TellTable server was configured to support N suid processes.
TellTable Spreadsheet Audit: from Technical Possibility to Operating Prototype
B. Hillier, A. Penn, J. Hanson, T. Grajewski, and J. Xu, Natural movement; or, configuration and attraction in urban space use. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 20 (1993), 29-66.
Intelligence gathering by capturing the social processes within prisons
Mobile ad-hoc networks are usually dynamic, unpredictable, self configuring networks connected by wireless communication mechanisms.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
PET configuration might be a promising solution insensitive to any parallax effect.
A liquid Xenon Positron Emission Tomograph for small animal imaging : first experimental results of a prototype cell