superstructure Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “superstructure” - English Dictionary

"superstructure" in American English

See all translations

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)
(Definition of superstructure from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"superstructure" in British English

See all translations

superstructurenoun [C]

uk   /ˈsuː.pəˌstrʌk.tʃər/  us   /ˈsuː.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.

expend iconexpend icon Thesaurus

Parts of buildings in general
synonyms and related words:

You can also find related words, phrases, and synonyms in the topics:

(Definition of superstructure from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of superstructure?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

planet

an extremely large, round mass of rock and metal, such as Earth, or of gas, such as Jupiter, that moves in a circular path around the sun or another star

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More