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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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 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 The full faith and credit of the United States rest not on this or that grudgingly passed statute, but on a much deeper structure of consensus and cooperation, both political and social. Charles Lane, Alaska Dispatch News, "America’s two greatest exports are in danger," 1 Sep. 2017

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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