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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.
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The shortcoming of geotechnical alternative is the lack of ability to model the superstructure interaction directly.
I am obliged to concede that at least as far as the superstructure is concerned, Marx thought he was indeed dealing with a "substantially separable order of reality," one that could be both conceptually and empirically distinguished from the "economic structure" (the term used in the Preface; "base" as a synonym came later).
The course reviews the fundamental principles of seismic design and describes strategies for protecting bridge superstructures.
Practically speaking, it could have been a flimsy piece of superstructure, yet it was made part of the primary construction, of the first layer, of the skeleton of the building.
With a feature set known as the ProActive7 that includes security and patching, managed backup, server administration, trending and reporting, deep monitoring, rapid deployment and scaling, and managed superstructure, Rackspace has once again developed a service that meets and often exceeds the needs of its customers.
The largest assignment is valued at SEK 580 M (GBP 39 M) and covers the design and construction of a superstructure and facades for an office building in central London.
Selected assemblies contain mini-assemblies, which include 11 major building components that cover foundations, substructure, superstructure, exterior closure, roofing, mechanical, electrical, and more.
Superus Holdings operates and acquires companies that sell technology hardware and develop Internet superstructure for businesses in emerging economies, with its first area of focus being Latin America.
Demolition of the existing superstructure boards, Tow plates and parts of the existing sheet pile walls, Renewal of the superstructures in wib construction (rolled beams in concrete).
Consolidated results include results from Superus's electronic components division ("Surge"), and from Superus' internet superstructure operations ("Global DataTel") pursuant to a pledge agreement executed by and between Superus and Global DataTel on June 2, 2000 whereby Superus took effective control of Global DataTel's assets and operations.
The Up/Up construction method allows the superstructure to begin immediately after the foundation is in place and does not depend on completing the below grade structure.