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

  • n. A physical or conceptual structure extended or developed from a basic form.
  • n. The part of a building or other structure above the foundation.
  • n. The parts of a ship's structure above the main deck.
  • n. The rails, sleepers, and other parts of a railway.
  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any structure built above the top full deck. (FM 55-501).
  • n. Any material structure or edifice built on something else; that which is raised on a foundation or basis
  • n. all that part of a building above the basement. Also used figuratively.
  • n. (railroad) The sleepers, and fastenings, in distinction from the roadbed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any material structure or edifice built on something else; that which is raised on a foundation or basis.
  • n. The sleepers, and fastenings, in distinction from the roadbed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any structure built on something else; particularly, an edifice in relation to its foundation.
  • n. Hence, anything erected on a foundation or basis.
  • n. In railway engin., the sleepers, rails, and fastenings of a railway, in contradistinction to road-bed.

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

  • n. structure consisting of the part of a ship above the main deck


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  • The superstructure is a theoretical one that ran away with the entire so-called "field".

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  • The financial trading superstructure is impossible without IT.

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  • “Our superstructure is made entirely of a special polymer, comrade.”

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  • What Mr. Kipling has done for us is to make us really know and feel that the larger part of our mental composition is of the same substance as that of our cousins the animals, with a certain superstructure of reasoning faculty which has enabled us to become their masters.

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  • I believe the goldfish-bowl or greenhouse superstructure is on its way out, especially in the rear of the vehicle.

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  • The oldest foundations are really up there; and part of the superstructure is still hidden within the modern walls.

    The Old Helmet

  • Ban and Gastines designed the building to have a "superstructure" - a curving roof made of wooden hexagonal units supported by a central metallic spire and four conical pillars.


  • [Gennari] focuses on what he calls jazz's "superstructure" - its critics essentially, but also some of its businessmen-to analyze what a much related story says, or almost says, about about racial and cultural politics in the American 20th century.

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  • So I think we would look at it and go, ‘The superstructure is the same, but oh my gosh, I’m getting such a rich character experience,’ and that was only possible by doing the hard work of making the hundred and twenty episodes that led up to it.

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  • At the two ends of the superstructure are the bedrooms with a maximal view of the surrounding nature.

    Villa Röling by Paul de Ruiter


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