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structure

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noun struc·ture \ˈstrək-chər\

Simple Definition of structure

  • : 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. 1 :  the action of building :  construction

  2. 2a :  something (as a building) that is constructedb :  something arranged in a definite pattern of organization <a rigid totalitarian structure — J. L. Hess> <leaves and other plant structures>

  3. 3 :  manner of construction :  makeup <Gothic in structure>

  4. 4a :  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. 5 :  the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other <the structure of a language>

struc·ture·less play \-ləs\ adjective
struc·ture·less·ness play \-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

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structure

transitive verb struc·ture

Simple Definition of structure

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

Full Definition of structure

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

  1. 1 :  to form into or according to a structure

  2. 2 :  construct

Examples of structure

  1. She structured the essay chronologically.



Circa 1693

First Known Use of structure

circa 1693

Other Building Terms


Medical Dictionary

structure

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noun struc·ture \ˈstrək-chər\

Medical Definition of structure

  1. 1:  something (as an anatomical part) arranged in a definite pattern of organization

  2. 2a:  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. 3:  the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other






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