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superstructurenoun [C]

uk   /ˈsuː.pəˌstrʌk.tʃər/  us   /-pɚˌstrʌk.tʃɚ/
(of a ​building) the ​part above the ​ground: The ​foundations are ​finished and ​work has now ​begun on ​building the superstructure of the new ​library. (of a ​ship) the ​part above the ​main deck the ​ideas and ​systems of a ​society or ​organization that ​develop from more ​basicideas and ​systems: According to ​Marxisttheory, a society's superstructure is ​itslegal, ​social, ​cultural and ​politicalinstitutions, which are ​based on ​itseconomicsystems.

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superstructurenoun [C]

 us   /ˈsu·pərˌstrʌk·tʃər/
a ​structurebuilt on ​top of something ​else, esp. the ​part of a ​building above the ​ground or the ​part of a ​ship above the ​maindeck (= ​floor)
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