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noun struc·ture \ˈstrək-chər\


: 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
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Full Definition of STRUCTURE


1
: the action of building : CONSTRUCTION

2
a : something (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> <molecularstructure>
b : organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the
whole <economicstructure> <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>
— struc·ture·less \-ləs\ adjective

— struc·ture·less·ness \-nəs\ noun

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Examples of STRUCTURE
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 of STRUCTURE
Middle English, from Latin structura, from structus, past participle of struere to heap up, build —
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First Known Use: 15th century
Related to STRUCTURE
Synonyms
edifice, building
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Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

2 structure
transitive verb
: to arrange or organize (something) in a particular way
struc·turedstruc·tur·ing \ˈstrək-chə-riŋ, ˈstrək-shriŋ\

Full Definition of STRUCTURE


1
: to form into or according to a structure

2
: CONSTRUCT
Examples of STRUCTURE
1. She structured the essay chronologically.

First Known Use of STRUCTURE


circa 1693

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

STRUCTURE Defined for Kids

structure
noun struc·ture \ˈstrək-chər\
Definition of STRUCTURE for Kids
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 <personalitystructure>

3
: the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other
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30 ENTRIES FOUND:
1. structure
2. Alpine structure
3. banded structure
4. capital structure
5. columnar structure
6. constituent structure
7. crumb structure
8. data structure
9. decken structure
10. deep structure
11. ebb-and-flow structure
12. fine structure
13. fine-structure constant
14. flow structure
15. horizontal structure
16. ice structure
17. mosaic structure
18. nappe structure
19. phrase structure
20. pillow structure
21. power structure
22. primary structure
23. ribbon structure
24. shear structure
25. social structure
26. soil structure
27. surface structure
28. vertical structure
29. wage structure
30. zonal structure
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