Definitions for structureˈstrʌk tʃər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

struc•tureˈstrʌk tʃər(n.; v.)-tured, -tur•ing.

  1. (n.)the manner in which something is constructed.

  2. the manner in which the elements of anything are organized or interrelated:

    the structure of a poem; the structure of protein.

  3. something constructed, as a building or bridge.

  4. anything composed of organized or interrelated elements.

  5. the construction and arrangement of body parts, tissues, or organs.

  6. the attitude of a bed or stratum or of beds or strata of sedimentary rocks, as indicated by the dip and strike. the coarser composition of a rock, as contrasted with its texture.

    Category: Geology

  7. the manner in which atoms in a molecule are joined to each other, esp. as represented in organic chemistry.

    Category: Biology, Chemistry

  8. the pattern or system of beliefs, relationships, institutions, etc., in a social group or society.

    Category: Sociology

  9. (v.t.)to give a structure to; organize.

Origin of structure:

1400–50; late ME < L structūra=struct(us), ptp. of struere to put together +-ūra -ure


Princeton's WordNet

  1. structure, construction(noun)

    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

    "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

  2. structure(noun)

    the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts

    "artists must study the structure of the human body"; "the structure of the benzene molecule"

  3. structure(noun)

    the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations

    "his lectures have no structure"

  4. structure, anatomical structure, complex body part, bodily structure, body structure(noun)

    a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing

    "he has good bone structure"

  5. social organization, social organisation, social structure, social system, structure(verb)

    the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships

    "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"

  6. structure(verb)

    give a structure to

    "I need to structure my days"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. structure(noun)ˈstrʌk tʃər

    the way sth is organized or arranged, or the state of being organized

    the country's economic/political structure; the structure of the modern family; I made a schedule to give my life a little more structure.

  2. structureˈstrʌk tʃər

    sth that has been built

    the structure supporting the roof; a fire at a structure in downtown Cleveland


  1. structure(Noun)

    A cohesive whole built up of distinct parts.

    The birds had built an amazing structure out of sticks and various discarded items.

  2. structure(Noun)

    The underlying shape of a solid.

    He studied the structure of her face.

  3. structure(Noun)

    The overall form or organization of something.

  4. structure(Noun)

    A set of rules defining behaviour.

    For some, the structure of school life was oppressive.

  5. structure(Noun)

    Several pieces of data treated as a unit.

    This structure contains both date and timezone information.

  6. structure(Noun)

    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. structure(Noun)

    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. structure(Noun)

    A set along with a collection of finitary functions and relations.

  9. structure(Verb)

    To give structure to; to arrange.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Structure(noun)

    the act of building; the practice of erecting buildings; construction

  2. Structure(noun)

    manner of building; form; make; construction

  3. Structure(noun)

    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

  4. Structure(noun)

    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. Structure(noun)

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


  1. Structure

    Structure is a fundamental, tangible or intangible notion referring to the recognition, observation, nature, and permanence of patterns and relationships of entities. This notion may itself be an object, such as a built structure, or an attribute, such as the structure of society. From a child's verbal description of a snowflake, to the detailed scientific analysis of the properties of magnetic fields, the concept of structure is now often an essential foundation of nearly every mode of inquiry and discovery in science, philosophy, and art. In early 20th-century and earlier thought, form often plays a role comparable to that of structure in contemporary thought. The neo-Kantianism of Ernst Cassirer is sometimes regarded as a precursor of the later shift to structuralism and poststructuralism. The description of structure implicitly offers an account of what a system is made of: a configuration of items, a collection of inter-related components or services. A structure may be a hierarchy, a network featuring many-to-many links, or a lattice featuring connections between components that are neighbors in space.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'structure' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #720

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'structure' in Written Corpus Frequency: #965

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'structure' in Nouns Frequency: #211

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the way in which something is arranged or organized

A flower has quite a complicated structure; the structure of a human body.

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