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“superstructure” in English

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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 basic ideas and systems:

According to Marxist theory, a society's superstructure is its legal, social, cultural and political institutions, which are based on its economic systems.

(Definition of “superstructure” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“superstructure” in American English

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superstructurenoun [ C ]

us /ˈsu·pərˌstrʌk·tʃər/

a structure built on top of something else, esp. the part of a building above the ground or the part of a ship above the main deck (= floor)

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