structure

30 ENTRIES FOUND:

1struc·ture

noun \ˈstrək-chər\

: the way that something is built, arranged, or organized

: the way that a group of people are organized

: something (such as a house, tower, bridge, etc.) that is built by putting parts together and that usually stands on its own

Full Definition of STRUCTURE

1
:  the action of building :  construction
2
a :  something (as a building) that is constructed
b :  something arranged in a definite pattern of organization <a rigid totalitarian structure — J. L. Hess> <leaves and other plant structures>
3
:  manner of construction :  makeup <Gothic in structure>
4
a :  the arrangement of particles or parts in a substance or body <soil structure> <molecular structure>
b :  organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole <economic structure> <personality structure>
c :  coherent form or organization <tried to give some structure to the children's lives>
5
:  the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other <the structure of a language>
struc·ture·less \-ləs\ adjective
struc·ture·less·ness \-nəs\ noun

Examples of STRUCTURE

  1. They studied the compound's molecular structure.
  2. The film had a simple narrative structure.
  3. the structure of a plant
  4. the social structure of a college campus
  5. changes to the company's power structure
  6. The structure was damaged by fire.
  7. Children need a lot of structure in their lives.

Origin of STRUCTURE

Middle English, from Latin structura, from structus, past participle of struere to heap up, build — more at strew
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

2structure

transitive verb

: to arrange or organize (something) in a particular way

struc·turedstruc·tur·ing \ˈstrək-chə-riŋ, ˈstrək-shriŋ\

Full Definition of STRUCTURE

1
:  to form into or according to a structure
2
:  construct

Examples of STRUCTURE

  1. She structured the essay chronologically.

First Known Use of STRUCTURE

circa 1693

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

struc·ture

noun \ˈstrək-chər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of STRUCTURE

1
: something (as an anatomical part) arranged in a definite pattern of organization
2
a : the arrangement of particles or parts in a substance or body <molecular structure> b : organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole <personality structure>
3
: the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other

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