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configuration

 [kon-fig″u-ra´shun]
1. the general form, shape, or appearance of an object.
2. in chemistry, the arrangement in space of the atoms of a molecule.

con·fig·u·ra·tion

(kon-fig'yū-rā'shŭn),
1. The general form of a body and its parts.
2. chemistry the spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule. The configuration of a compound (for example, a sugar) is the unique spatial arrangement of its atoms such that no other arrangement of these atoms is superimposable thereon with complete correspondence, regardless of changes in conformation (that is, twisting or rotation about single bonds); a change of configuration requires the breaking and rejoining of bonds, as in going from d to l configurations of sugars. Compare: conformation.

configuration

(kən-fĭg′yə-rā′shən)
n.
The arrangement of parts or elements in a pattern or form, as:
a. Chemistry The structural arrangement of atoms in a compound or molecule.
b. Computers The way in which a computer system or network is set up or connected.
c. Psychology Gestalt.

con·fig′u·ra′tion·al·ly adv.
con·fig′u·ra′tive, con·fig′u·ra′tion·al adj.

configuration

[kənfig′yərā′shən]
Etymology: L, configuare, to form from
the hardware, software, and peripherals assembled to work as a computer unit for a specific situation or purpose.

con·fig·u·ra·tion

(kŏn-fig'yūr-ā'shŭn)
1. The general form of a body and its parts.
2. chemistry The spatial arrangement of atoms in a molecule. The configuration of a compound (e.g., a sugar) is the unique spatial arrangement of its atoms, on which no other arrangement of these atoms can be superimposed with complete correspondence.
Compare: conformation

configuration

1. in anatomical terms the general form of a body.
2. in chemistry, the arrangement in space of the atoms of a molecule.
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Next, tocopherols do have stereoisomers, which have the same molecular formula but differ configurationally based on the direction of the methyl groups at chiral carbon atoms, the isomers are designated 2R, 4'R, 8'R; 2S, 4'R, 8'R; 2RS, 4'R, 8'R; 2R, 4'RS, 8'RS; 2S, 4'RS, 8'RS and rotate polarized light to varying degrees.
He has experimented with multiple viewpoints; with shifts in size and scale; with motifs that function at once configurationally and representationally, like striation; and with many effects of color.
The four areas of adjustment cited here could be treated configurationally only by those who consider the system of higher learning as a unit.
History and institutions, treated configurationally rather than abstractly, are rendered integral and causal.
For example, a parade is typically highly differentiated, consisting of many differently dressed individuals, but configurationally simple, in that individuals march in regular rows.
It is these facts, one should hasten to point out, that both figure on and configurationally activate the loom of coincidence on which Wallace's narratological woofs warp and his equivocating back-and-forths shuttle.

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