structure

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noun

struc·​ture ˈstrək-chər How to pronounce structure (audio)
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: the action of building : construction
2
a
: something (such as a building) that is constructed
b
: something arranged in a definite pattern of organization
a rigid totalitarian structureJ. L. Hess
leaves and other plant structures
3
: manner of construction : makeup
Gothic in structure
4
a
: the arrangement of particles or parts in a substance or body
soil structure
molecular structure
b
: organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole
economic structure
personality structure
c
: coherent form or organization
tried to give some structure to the children's lives
5
: the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other
the structure of a language
structureless adjective
structurelessness noun

structure

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verb

structured; structuring ˈstrək-chə-riŋ How to pronounce structure (audio)
ˈstrək-shriŋ

transitive verb

1
: to form into or according to a structure
2

Examples of structure in a Sentence

Noun They studied the compound's molecular structure. The film had a simple narrative structure. the structure of a plant the social structure of a college campus changes to the company's power structure The structure was damaged by fire. Children need a lot of structure in their lives. Verb She structured the essay chronologically.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Autoimmune conditions: Certain autoimmune disorders—such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Crohn's disease, connective tissue disorders, systemic sclerosis, and scleroderma—can affect the structure and function of the esophagus and cause odynophagia. Lindsay Curtis, Health, 13 July 2024 Initial reports indicated concerns about the fire threatening structures and power lines. Rey Covarrubias Jr., The Arizona Republic, 13 July 2024
Verb
The ballot referendum was structured in the image of Baltimore’s Children and Youth Fund, and would cost the city at least $7 million annually to make $1,000 payments to the roughly 7,000 families who welcome a child each year. Dana Munro, Baltimore Sun, 12 July 2024 The Atlantis Bustier Bandeau Bikini, available for $118 at Seafolly U.S., is structured with side boning for support. Nora Colomer, Fox News, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for structure 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Latin structura, from structus, past participle of struere to heap up, build — more at strew

First Known Use

Noun

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of structure was in 1560

Dictionary Entries Near structure

Cite this Entry

“Structure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/structure. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

structure

1 of 2 noun
struc·​ture ˈstrək-chər How to pronounce structure (audio)
1
: the action of building : construction
2
: something constructed or arranged in a definite pattern of organization
3
: manner of construction : the arrangement or relationship of elements (as particles, parts, or organs) in a substance, body, or system
soil structure
the structure of a plant
molecular structure
social structure
the structure of a language
structureless adjective

structure

2 of 2 verb
structured; structuring ˈstrək-chə-riŋ How to pronounce structure (audio)
ˈstrək-shriŋ
: to form into a structure : organize

Medical Definition

structure

noun
struc·​ture ˈstrək-chər How to pronounce structure (audio)
1
: something (as an anatomical part) arranged in a definite pattern of organization
2
a
: the arrangement of particles or parts in a substance or body
molecular structure
b
: organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole
personality structure
3
: the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other

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