Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To design, arrange, set up, or shape with a view to specific applications or uses: a military vehicle that was configured for rough terrain; configured the computer by setting the system's parameters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To set up or arrange something in such a way that it is ready for operation for a particular purpose, or to someone's particular liking

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To arrange or dispose in a certain form, figure, or shape.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form; dispose in a certain form, figure, or shape; make like in form or figure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. set up for a particular purpose

Etymologies

Middle English configuren, from Old French configurer, from Latin cōnfigūrāre : com-, com- + figūrāre, to form (from figūra, shape; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin configurare: compare French configurer. See configurate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Among the more notable, he says, is Conficker, which is thought to be a combination of the English word configure and the German word ficker, which is obscene.

    Computerworld

  • There's no specific source as to where the worm got its common name, but Internet specialists speculate that Conficker is a portmanteau of the word "configure" with the German word for a common four-letter expletive.

    FIUSM.com

  • That been said with the advent of OSX or BSD I am finding that special free software for music for UNIX, Linux that was a pain to configure is now been made assessable and less time consuming I assume to get up and running on the Apple computer now that steve has switched over to BSD.

    Why I Didn’t Buy A Mac | Lifehacker Australia

  • There are actually several settings that the user can configure, which is unexpected, but they don't seem to help the overall picture quality much.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Gadgets

  • I used Webmin to set up Samba, since the configure is a pain in the butt if you do it via editing conf files. sudo apt-get install samba ssh Just be sure to secure SSH using iptables and use a strong password or keys.

    Ubuntu Forums

  • "Advanced" tab with a million different things to configure, which is also confusing.

    Planet KDE

  • Its actions are simple to configure, which is how you would expect it to be.

    RubyCorner

  • The magic happens: it loads all the files inside the directory, and then starts to call the configure script, and I see yes / no lines flying in the output window.

    Sun Bloggers

  • The supported way to configure is to pass in "type_hints" when you create the Grid.

    Planet Ubuntu

  • DO_NOT_COMPILE = "someapp" before calling configure, this will make configure skip

    KDE TechBase - Recent changes [en]

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