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 What are the deep structure patterns that recreate your reoccurring problem? Jay Steven Levin, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 The other surprising pattern, at last to me, is the deep structure of the Italian population. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 17 July 2012 Early in her restless, inventive career, Elizabeth Phelps was trying to understand the deep structure of memory by showing word lists to people with amnesia — patients who’d survived a brain injury or stroke but lost the ability to remember. Kat McGowan, Discover Magazine, 23 July 2014 Hidden agents lie in the deep structure of the system. Jay Steven Levin, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Gavarini Chiniera and Ginestra Casa Maté before turning over winemaking duties to his son Gianluca; both wines display the rich tannins and deep structure that this commune is known for. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 25 July 2022 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 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'deep structure.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deep structure was in 1964

Dictionary Entries Near deep structure

Cite this Entry

“Deep structure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on deep structure

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!