superstructure


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su·per·struc·ture

 (so͞o′pər-strŭk′chər)
n.
1. A physical or conceptual structure extended or developed from a basic form.
2. The part of a building or other structure above the foundation.
3. The parts of a ship's structure above the main deck.
4. The rails, sleepers, and other parts of a railway.
5. In Marxist theory, the ideologies or institutions of a society as distinct from the basic processes and direct social relations of material production and economics.

superstructure

(ˈsuːpəˌstrʌktʃə)
n
1. (Building) the part of a building above its foundation
2. any structure or concept erected on something else
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical any structure above the main deck of a ship with sides flush with the sides of the hull
4. (Civil Engineering) the part of a bridge supported by the piers and abutments
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Marxist theory) an edifice of interdependent agencies of the state, including legal and political institutions and ideologies, each possessing some autonomy but remaining products of the dominant mode of economic production
ˈsuperˌstructural adj

su•per•struc•ture

(ˈsu pərˌstrʌk tʃər)

n.
1. the part of a building or construction entirely above its foundation or basement.
2. any structure built on something else.
3. anything based on, arising from, or superimposed on a more fundamental construct, concept, system, etc.
4. any construction built above the main deck of a vessel as an upward continuation of the sides.
[1635–45]
su′per•struc`tur•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.superstructure - structure consisting of the part of a ship above the main deck
deck-house - a superstructure on the upper deck of a ship
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
Translations

superstructure

[ˈsuːpəˌstrʌktʃəʳ] Nsuperestructura f

superstructure

[ˈsuːpərstrʌktʃər] nsuperstructure f

superstructure

nÜberbau m (also Sociol); (of ship)Aufbauten pl

superstructure

[ˈsuːpəˌstrʌktʃəʳ] nsovrastruttura
References in classic literature ?
His legs and thighs were thin, nearly to emaciation, but of extraordinary length; and his knees would have been considered tremendous, had they not been outdone by the broader foundations on which this false superstructure of blended human orders was so profanely reared.
It was he who built up the superstructure of the Bell defence.
I was especially delighted with the mathematics, on account of the certitude and evidence of their reasonings; but I had not as yet a precise knowledge of their true use; and thinking that they but contributed to the advancement of the mechanical arts, I was astonished that foundations, so strong and solid, should have had no loftier superstructure reared on them.
It has been shown in the course of these papers, that the existing Confederation is founded on principles which are fallacious; that we must consequently change this first foundation, and with it the superstructure resting upon it.
It was lucky for the whole fabric that the carpenter, who did the manual part of the labor, had fastened the canopy of this classic entrance so firmly to the side of the house that, when the base deserted the superstructure in the manner we have described, and the pillars, for the want of a foundation, were no longer of service to support the roof, the roof was able to uphold the pillars.
What happy hours Mary and I have passed while sitting at our work by the fire, or wandering on the heath-clad hills, or idling under the weeping birch (the only considerable tree in the garden), talking of future happiness to ourselves and our parents, of what we would do, and see, and possess; with no firmer foundation for our goodly superstructure than the riches that were expected to flow in upon us from the success of the worthy merchant's speculations.
A single word from her to Thomson and the whole superstructure of his ingeniously built-up life might tumble to pieces.
It was seventy feet long, but so narrow was it, and so bare of superstructure, that it appeared much smaller than it really was.
Under the most splendid house in the city is still to be found the cellar where they store their roots as of old, and long after the superstructure has disappeared posterity remark its dent in the earth.
On her head there was such a superstructure of soft, golden hair--her own and false mixed--that her head was equal in size to the elegantly rounded bust, of which so much was exposed in front.
Let us be sincere and Protestant, strictly moral, strictly just (though always with a leaning towards mercy), strictly honest, and strictly true, and we gain--it is a slight point, certainly, but still it is something tangible; we throw up a groundwork and foundation, so to speak, of goodness, on which we may afterwards erect some worthy superstructure.
It remained as a goblin football, as a hint that all is not for the best in the best of all possible worlds, and that beneath these superstructures of wealth and art there wanders an ill-fed boy, who has recovered his umbrella indeed, but who has left no address behind him, and no name.