infrastructure

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[1887] Borrowing from French infrastructure, equivalent to infra- +‎ structure.

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infrastructure (plural infrastructures)

  1. An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.
  2. The basic facilities, services and installations needed for the functioning of a community or society.
    • 2015 March 1, John Oliver, “Infrastructure”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 2, episode 4, HBO:
      Infrastructure: It's our roads, bridges, dams, levees, airports, power grids... basically, anything that can be destroyed in an action movie... The problem is, though, when our infrastructure is not being destroyed by robots and/or saved by Bruce Willis we tend to find it a bit boring.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From infra- +‎ structure.

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infrastructure f (plural infrastructures)

  1. infrastructure (an underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system) [from 1875]

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