structure

noun
struc·ture | \ˈstrək-chər \

Definition of structure 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of building : construction

2a : something (such as a building) that is constructed

b : something arranged in a definite pattern of organization a rigid totalitarian structure— J. L. Hess leaves and other plant structures

3 : manner of construction : makeup Gothic in structure

4a : 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

structure

verb
structured; structuring\ˈstrək-chə-riŋ, ˈstrək-shriŋ \

Definition of structure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form into or according to a structure

2 : construct

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Other Words from structure

Noun

structureless \ˈstrək-chər-ləs \ adjective
structurelessness \ˈstrək-chər-ləs-nəs \ noun

Synonyms for structure

Synonyms: Noun

building, edifice

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Staff will also be able to go to people’s properties to visually inspect and offer advice about how best to protect structures. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 And natural resources agencies in other states have similar structures. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 As in most firefighter fatalities at structure fires, no single factor was to blame. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 Neal, of the Florida Association for Insurance Reform, suggests analyzing whether your home’s contents are worth half of the structure’s value. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 That success lured other investors, encouraging more development and raising the risk of oversupply given the relative ease with which such structures can be built in out-of-town locations. Fortune, "This Is London's Hottest Property — Thanks to Amazon," 13 July 2018 The microscope also automatically refocuses, allowing surgeons to see the distance between blood vessels and nerve structures without manually adjusting their equipment. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "UConn Health Is First U.S. Hospital With Augmented Reality Surgical Microscope," 12 July 2018 Enormous expanses of Denali National Park are accessed only by true adventurers; there’s no electricity, no running water, and hardly any structures. Carey Jones, Vogue, "On a Remote Glacier in the Middle of Alaska, I Learned the Magic of Disconnecting," 12 July 2018 But where Octopath really differentiates itself is with its story and structure. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Octopath Traveler is a modern take on classic Final Fantasy on the Nintendo Switch," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Moderates want to ensure that recipients of DACA have a clear path to become US citizens, but who would be eligible and how the path to citizenship would be structured is still under discussion. Tal Kopan And Lauren Fox, CNN, "House DACA talks prepare to enter new high-stakes stage," 11 June 2018 Fernando Pros The way Turgeon’s offense is structured, there are not a lot of outside shots for big men. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "As Terps' Huerter and Fernando weigh NBA draft decisions, here are some pros and cons to consider," 21 May 2018 The deal with Brookfield, reported earlier by the New York Times, would essentially be structured as Brookfield purchasing Vornado’s stake in the property, people said. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Kushner Cos., Brookfield Near a Deal for Stake in 666 Fifth Ave.," 17 May 2018 One of the most memorable pieces was Madonna’s structured slip dress. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Story Behind Madonna’s Slip Dress in Her Most Controversial Music Video, “Like a Prayer”," 3 May 2018 What the team observed was that the distribution of axons was structured: Some neurons always sent axons to areas A, B and C but never to D and E, for example. Monique Brouillette, WIRED, "New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience," 8 Apr. 2018 But the perception that Live Nation might withhold talent is prevalent enough that SeatGeek now structures some bids to address the concerns of venues who fear losing big stars, and revenues. Ben Sisario And Graham Bowley, New York Times, "Live Nation Rules Music Ticketing, Some Say With Threats," 1 Apr. 2018 Trump has not laid out how any future negotiations would be structured, except to say that North Korea's nuclear weapons must be on the table. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump says North Korea 'called up,' is seeking talks with the United States," 4 Mar. 2018 Trump has not laid out how any future negotiations would be structured, except to say that North Korea's nuclear weapons must be on the table. Anne Gearan, Washington Post, "Trump says North Korea ‘called up,’ seeking talks with the United States," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of structure

Noun

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for structure

Noun

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

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structure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of structure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the way that something is built, arranged, or organized

: the way that a group of people are organized

: something (such as a house, tower, bridge, etc.) that is built by putting parts together and that usually stands on its own

structure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of structure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to arrange or organize (something) in a particular way

structure

noun
struc·ture | \ˈstrək-chər \

Kids Definition of structure

1 : something built or arranged in a definite way He entered a small brick structure. We studied leaves and other plant structures.

2 : the manner in which something is built, arranged, or organized the structure of the body

structure

noun
struc·ture | \ˈstrək-chər \

Medical Definition of structure 

1 : something (as an anatomical part) arranged in a definite pattern of organization

2a : 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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