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structure

noun struc·ture \ ˈstrək-chər \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of structure

1 :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 structure
  • —J. 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

play \-ləs\ adjective

structurelessness

play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of structure in a Sentence

  1. They studied the compound's molecular structure.

  2. The film had a simple narrative structure.

  3. the structure of a plant

  4. the social structure of a college campus

  5. changes to the company's power structure

  6. The structure was damaged by fire.

  7. Children need a lot of structure in their lives.

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Origin and Etymology of structure

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

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structure

verb

Definition of structure

structured; structuring play \ˈstrək-chə-riŋ, ˈstrək-shriŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to form into or according to a structure

Examples of structure in a Sentence

  1. She structured the essay chronologically.

Recent Examples of structure from the Web

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First Known Use of structure

1664

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STRUCTURE Defined for English Language Learners

structure

noun

Definition of structure for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of structure for English Language Learners

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


STRUCTURE Defined for Kids

structure

noun struc·ture \ ˈstrək-chər \

Definition of structure for Students

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

Word Root of structure

The Latin word struere, meaning “to build,” and its form structus give us the root struct. Words from the Latin struere have something to do with building. A structure is something that was built, such as a house. To construct is to build by combining parts together. To obstruct is to build an obstacle that blocks a passage or path. Destruction is the process of taking apart something that was built.


Medical Dictionary

structure

noun struc·ture \ ˈstrək-chər \

medical Definition of structure

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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