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Defining Infrastructure

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Trunk Line is about studies in infrastructure.  So what is infrastructure?

[Fr. (1875 in Robert), f. INFRA- + STRUCTURE n.]
A collective term for the subordinate parts of an undertaking; substructure, foundation.

substructure: That part which supports something else.

foundation: The solid ground upon which another structure is erected.

(OED usage dates to 1927.)

Encarta Thesaurus:

(1) substructure, organization, structure, setup, arrangement, groundwork, frame, foundation, base

(2) public service, public transport, communications, power supply, water supply, broadcasting, telecommunications, networks, transportation