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 for superstructure
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Superstructure \Su`per*struc"ture\, n. [Cf. F. superstructure.]
     1. Any material structure or edifice built on something else;
        that which is raised on a foundation or basis; esp.
        (Arch.), all that part of a building above the basement.
        Also used figuratively.
        [1913 Webster]
              You have added to your natural endowments the
              superstructure of study.              --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Railway Engin.) The sleepers, and fastenings, in
        distinction from the roadbed.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: structure consisting of the part of a ship above the main

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