- IPA: /ˈstrʌktʃɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"strVktS@`/
- A cohesive whole built up of distinct parts .
- The underlying shape of a solid .
- The overall form or organization of something .
- A set of rules defining behaviour .
- ( computing ) Several pieces of data treated as a unit .
- ( fishing, uncountable ) Underwater terrain or objects ( such as a dead tree or a submerged car ) that tend to attract fish
- A body, such as a political party, with a cohesive purpose or outlook .
- ( logic ) A set along with a collection of finitary functions and relations .
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 .
Explanation of structure by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
Definition of structure by GCIDE Dictionary