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Meaning of structure by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French structure, from Latin structura ( “a fitting together, adjustment, building, erection, a building, edifice, structure” ), from struere, past participle structus ( “pile up, arrange, assemble, build” ). Compare construct, instruct, destroy, etc .


    • IPA: /ˈstrʌktʃɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"strVktS@`/


    structure ( plural: structures )

    1. A cohesive whole built up of distinct parts .
      The birds had built an amazing structure out of sticks and various discarded items .
    2. The underlying shape of a solid .
      He studied the structure of her face .
    3. The overall form or organization of something .
      The structure of a sentence .
      The structure of the society was still a mystery .
    4. A set of rules defining behaviour .
      For some, the structure of school life was oppressive .
    5. ( computing ) Several pieces of data treated as a unit .
      This structure contains both date and timezone information .
    6. ( fishing, uncountable ) Underwater terrain or objects ( such as a dead tree or a submerged car ) that tend to attract fish
      There's lots of structure to be fished along the west shore of the lake; the impoundment submerged a town there when it was built .
    7. A body, such as a political party, with a cohesive purpose or outlook .
      The South African leader went off to consult with the structures .
    8. ( logic ) A set along with a collection of finitary functions and relations .

    Derived terms

    • antistructure

Explanation of structure by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give a structure to

    2. I need to structure my days
    1. a thing constructed

    2. the structure consisted of a series of arches
    3. the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts

    4. artists must study the structure of the human body
      the structure of the benzene molecule
    5. a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing

    6. he has good bone structure
    7. the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations

    8. his lectures have no structure
    9. the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships

    10. sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family

    Definition of structure by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Structure n. [L. structura, from struere, structum, to arrange, build, construct; perhaps akin to E. strew: cf. F. structure. Cf. Construe, Destroy, Instrument, Obstruct.]
      1. The act of building; the practice of erecting buildings; construction. [R.]

      His son builds on, and never is content

      Till the last farthing is in structure spent. J. Dryden, Jr.

      2. Manner of building; form; make; construction.

      Want of insight into the structure and constitution of the terraqueous globe. Woodward.

      3. Arrangement of parts, of organs, or of constituent particles, in a substance or body; as, “the structure of a rock or a mineral; the structure of a sentence”.

      It [basalt] has often a prismatic structure. Dana.

      4. ( Biol. ) Manner of organization; the arrangement of the different tissues or parts of animal and vegetable organisms; as, “organic structure, or the structure of animals and plants; cellular structure.”

      5. That which is built; a building; esp., a building of some size or magnificence; an edifice.

      There stands a structure of majestic frame. Pope.

      Columnar structure. See under Columnar.