configuration

When you position items into any spatial arrangement, you are creating a configuration, or specific shape. For example, scientists refer to the specific, bonded arrangement of atoms to make a molecule as a configuration.

The root of configuration presents pretty much the current meaning, with the Latin configūrāre meaning "to mold or shape." You can see the word figure in the middle, which presents the idea of a physical form that's being shaped. As an example: the specific configuration, or arrangement, of the genes in your DNA is what makes you the unique individual that you are.

Definitions of configuration
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n an arrangement of parts or elements

“the outcome depends on the configuration of influences at the time”
Synonyms:
constellation
Types:
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redundancy
(electronics) a system design that duplicates components to provide alternatives in case one component fails
network topology, topology
the configuration of a communication network
chunking, unitisation, unitization
(psychology) the configuration of smaller units of information into large coordinated units
bus, bus topology
the topology of a network whose components are connected by a busbar
loop, loop topology
the topology of a network whose components are serially connected in such a way that the last component is connected to the first component
star, star topology
the topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub
mesh, mesh topology
the topology of a network whose components are all connected directly to every other component
physical topology
the appearance of the network
logical topology
the way the network works
Type of:
design, plan
an arrangement scheme

n any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

Synonyms:
conformation, contour, form, shape
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keenness, sharpness
thinness of edge or fineness of point
bluntness, dullness
without sharpness or clearness of edge or point
topography
the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features
lobularity
the property of having lobules
concaveness, concavity
the property possessed by a concave shape
convexity, convexness
the property possessed by a convex shape
angularity
the property possessed by a shape that has angles
narrowing
an instance of becoming narrow
curvature, curve
the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
roundness
the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular
straightness
freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles
crookedness
having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles
stratification
a layered configuration
acuteness
the quality of having a sharp edge or point
obtuseness
the quality of lacking a sharp edge or point
hollowness
the property of having a sunken area
bulginess, roundedness
the property possessed by a rounded convexity
coarctation
(biology) a narrowing or constriction of a vessel or canal; especially a congenital narrowing of the aorta
taper
the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
oblongness, rectangularity
the property of being shaped like a rectangle
triangularity
the property of being shaped like a triangle
globosity, globularness, rotundity, rotundness, sphericalness, sphericity
the roundness of a 3-dimensional object
cylindricality, cylindricalness
the roundness of a 3-dimensional cylinder
circularity, disk shape
the roundness of a 2-dimensional figure
curliness, waviness
(of hair) a tendency to curl
straightness
(of hair) lack of a tendency to curl
bottleneck, chokepoint, constriction
a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
Type of:
spatial property, spatiality
any property relating to or occupying space

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