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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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Translations

superstructure

[ˈsuːpəˌstrʌktʃəʳ] Nsuperestructura f
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superstructure

[ˈsuːpərstrʌktʃər] nsuperstructure f
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superstructure

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

[ˈsuːpəˌstrʌktʃəʳ] nsovrastruttura
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