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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "How to Fish for Largemouth Bass with Jerkbaits," 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, "Best Theater of 2019," 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, "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,, "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,, "Friday Fishing Report," 15 Dec. 2017

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Deep structure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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