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superstructure

1. Nautical any structure above the main deck of a ship with sides flush with the sides of the hull
2. the part of a bridge supported by the piers and abutments
3. (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

Superstructure

Any structure built upon something else, such as a building on its foundation; any structure above the main supporting level, as opposed to the substructure or basement.

superstructure

see BASE AND SUPERSTRUCTURE.

Superstructure

 

a concept within historical materialism that signifies the totality of ideological relationships, views, and institutions in a given society. The superstructure embraces the state, the political and legal forms of consciousness, and the corresponding institutions, as well as morals, religion, philosophy, and art.

superstructure

[′sü·pər‚strək·chər]
(civil engineering)
The part of a structure that is raised on the foundation.
(naval architecture)
The entire structure of a ship above the main deck.
(solid-state physics)

superstructure

1. That part of a building or structure which is above the level of the adjoining ground or the level of the foundation.
2. Any structure built on something else, as a building on its foundation; that part of a structure which receives the live load directly.

superstructure

superstructure
superstructure
i. The framework of formers and stringers attached to the main truss-type aircraft fuselage. It is not a load-bearing member but gives shape to the fuselage.
ii. A secondary structure built above the main fuselage or another part of the aircraft. It is used normally while testing the engine before mating the rear fuselage with the front fuselage.
iii. The above-deck structure on an aircraft.