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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Configuration  \Con*fig`u*ra"tion\,  n.  [L.  configuratio.] 
  1.  Form  as  depending  on  the  relative  disposition  of  the 
  parts  of  a  thing'  shape;  figure. 
 
  It  is  the  variety  of  configurations  [of  the  mouth]  . 
  .  .  which  gives  birth  and  origin  to  the  several 
  vowels.  --Harris. 
 
  2.  (Astrol.)  Relative  position  or  aspect  of  the  planets;  the 
  face  of  the  horoscope,  according  to  the  relative  positions 
  of  the  planets  at  any  time. 
 
  They  [astrologers]  undertook  .  .  .  to  determine  the 
  course  of  a  man's  character  and  life  from  the 
  configuration  of  the  stars  at  the  moment  of  his 
  birth.  --Whewell. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  configuration 
  n  1:  an  arrangement  of  parts  or  elements;  "the  outcome  depends  on 
  the  configuration  of  influences  at  the  time"  [syn:  {constellation}] 
  2:  any  spatial  attribute  (especially  as  defined  by  outline); 
  "he  could  barely  make  out  their  shapes  through  the  smoke" 
  [syn:  {shape},  {form},  {contour}] 




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