deep structure


Definition of deep structure

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

Examples of deep structure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the exception of inside linebacker, and possibly cornerback, the two-deep structure has snapped together cleanly during lopsided victories over Akron and Rutgers. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2021 But none of those applications get to the deep structure of biology—likely a beacon of future creativity. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2021 Safran describes the show’s deep structure as a comedy of manners. New York Times, 7 July 2021 How can diversity and inclusion become an enterprise that extends past token gestures into the deep structure of the institution? New York Times, 21 May 2021 Most jerkbaits are made to work in 3 to 6 feet of water while using fairly light line (typically 8 to 12 pound test), but sometimes the fish are holding on deeper structure or cover. Pete Robbins, Field & Stream, 3 Mar. 2020 Yet in its deep structure, the show is about her own dignity and the difficulty of being both a discerning mind and a desiring body. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2019 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, 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, 13 Aug. 2019 See More

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Deep structure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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