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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.

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
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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.
However, when Elizabeth's story is processed holistically, or "configurationally" in Brown's terminology, the reader is denied this immediate sense of closure.
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.
Possible structural defects, such as breaks, configurationally imperfections, torsions, and kinks introduced by different linkages, -0-, or -S[O.sub.2] in diamine segments, or different special molecular configurations of dianhydride moieties in the polymer chains seem to be responsible for the higher values of Urbach tail energy, [E.sub.T].

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