deep structure

noun

Definition of deep structure

: a formal representation of the underlying semantic content of a sentence also : the structure which such a representation specifies

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Over the generations, physicists have oscillated between self-assurance and skepticism, periodically giving up on ever finding the deep structure of nature and downgrading physics to the search for scraps of useful knowledge. George Musser, Scientific American, "The Search for Truth in Physics," 25 Aug. 2019 One thing this shows is that not every polynomial could be a chromatic polynomial: There is a deeper structure imposed on chromatic polynomials by their connections to graphs. Quanta Magazine, "Color Me Polynomial," 13 Aug. 2019 Multiplicative sequences are related to deep structures in number theory. Quanta Magazine, "A Magical Answer to an 80-Year-Old Puzzle," 1 Oct. 2015 The goal of InSight is to fill that knowledge gap, helping NASA map out the deep structure of Mars. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Five Things to Know About NASA’s InSight Mission to Mars," 3 May 2018 Also missing was money for replacement of the Industrial Canal lock at the Mississippi River with a deeper structure. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Spending bill limits chance of dolphins halting Mississippi River sediment diversions," 12 Feb. 2018 Best all around bet, though, continues to be easing along over deep structure with a spider-rigged spread of live minnows a few feet off bottom. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 15 Dec. 2017 In stitching so many of these plays together, Mabou Mines uncovers the deep structures underlying them: the grief and the guilt, the disgust and the difficult love. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: A Gothic Tennessee Williams Mash-Up in ‘Glass Guignol’," 11 Dec. 2017 As a portrait of the deepest structures of American violence, Loaded is an indispensable book. Patrick Blanchfield, New Republic, "The Brutal Origins of Gun Rights," 11 Dec. 2017

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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