structure

noun
struc·​ture | \ ˈstrək-chər How to pronounce structure (audio) \

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 How to pronounce structuring (audio) , ˈstrək-​shriŋ \

Definition of structure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form into or according to a structure

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Other Words from structure

Noun

structureless \ ˈstrək-​chər-​ləs How to pronounce structureless (audio) \ adjective
structurelessness \ ˈstrək-​chər-​ləs-​nəs How to pronounce structurelessness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for structure

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Police and firefighters responded to a report of shrubs burning in a backyard with no structure involved around 7:30 p.m. on June 15. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Unruly diners flee after jumping on counter, making threats at Wendy’s: Orange Police Blotter," 19 June 2020 These are recurring articles that are published regularly and follow a similar structure every time. Team Basically, Bon Appétit, "How to Pitch an Article for Basically," 18 June 2020 Being a Black child in a community with a structure glorifying Jefferson Davis was difficult. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "351 feet worth of controversy: Confederate monument still stands in this Kentucky town," 17 June 2020 Researchers studied seismic waves traveling beneath the Pacific Ocean Basin to reveal a previously unknown structure beneath the Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific. Fox News, "Underground 'structures' discovered near Earth’s core, surprising scientists," 16 June 2020 Blue tarps and tents peppered the landscape around a large barn-like structure. Arluther Lee, ajc, "Idaho stepfather charged in missing children case," 16 June 2020 Shortly after noon, the Cathedral City officer delivered Garcia to the intake building, a squat structure next door to multistory housing units. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020 The Alabama attorney general’s office, a statement to AL.com last week, said the law provides no authority to remove any historical structure that has been in place for more than 40 years. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Huntsville business leaders speak out: Remove Confederate monument from courthouse," 14 June 2020 This latest analysis revealed a large rectangular structure connected to a network of water pipes, leading to the city's aqueduct. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "An ancient Roman city has been fully mapped using ground-penetrating radar," 14 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Among their biggest decisions: Which firms to include in the $600 billion Main Street Lending Program, which will lend directly to mid-sized businesses, and how to structure two programs that will purchase up to $750 billion in corporate bonds. Anchorage Daily News, "This Treasury official is running the pandemic relief fund. It’s been great for his family.," 2 June 2020 Among their biggest decisions: Which firms to include in the $600 billion Main Street Lending Program, which will lend directly to mid-sized businesses, and how to structure two programs that will purchase up to $750 billion in corporate bonds. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "This Treasury Official Is Running the Bailout. It’s Been Great for His Family.," 2 June 2020 Even how vehicles are structured is changing during the pandemic — and that innovation is happening right here in Ohio. Beth Burger, Cincinnati.com, "Rebuilding America: Coronavirus pandemic has led to changes in transportation industry," 28 May 2020 These are publications that are structured like the editorial side of blogs and magazines, with multiple writers and editors working on the project. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Email the Future of Journalism?," 25 May 2020 And that is Coetzee’s greatest theme of all, the thread that runs throughout his work, that structures his work. William Deresiewicz, The Atlantic, "The Special Child," 17 May 2020 In response to the laws, private equity firms have structured their health care investments with physicians as owners, but in name only, McNamara said. NBC News, "Private equity firms now control many hospitals, ERs and nursing homes. Is it good for health care?," 13 May 2020 The boys and girls tournaments are initially structured in bracket pools. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Native American Basketball Invitational and Educational Youth Summit in Phoenix canceled," 17 Apr. 2020 The Bike Workout: 25-Minute Intermediate Intervals This 25-minute routine is structured according to effort level. Lauren Bedosky, Health.com, "7 Stationary Bike Workouts for a Spin Routine You Can Do Anywhere," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for structure

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The first known use of structure was in 1560

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25 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Structure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/structure. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for structure

structure

noun
How to pronounce structure (audio)

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 How to pronounce structure (audio) \

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 How to pronounce structure (audio) \

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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