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1structure

noun struc·ture \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
STRUCTURING Defined for Kids

structure

noun struc·ture \ˈstrək-chər\

Definition of STRUCTURE for Kids

1
:  something built or arranged in a definite way <He entered a small brick structure.> <We studied leaves and other plant structures.>
2
:  the manner in which something is built, arranged, or organized <the structure of the body>

Word Root of STRUCTURE

The Latin word struere, meaning to build, and its form structus give us the root struct. Words from the Latin struere have something to do with building. A structure is something that was built, such as a house. To construct is to build by combining parts together. To obstruct is to build an obstacle that blocks a passage or path. Destruction is the process of taking apart something that was built.
Medical Dictionary

structure

noun struc·ture \ˈstrək-chər\

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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