What does structure mean?

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ˈstrʌk tʃərstruc·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. structure, constructionnoun

    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. structurenoun

    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. structurenoun

    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 structurenoun

    a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing

    "he has good bone structure"

  5. social organization, social organisation, social structure, social system, structureverb

    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. structureverb

    give a structure to

    "I need to structure my days"


  1. structurenoun

    A cohesive whole built up of distinct parts.

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

  2. structurenoun

    The underlying shape of a solid.

    He studied the structure of her face.

  3. structurenoun

    The overall form or organization of something.

  4. structurenoun

    A set of rules defining behaviour.

    For some, the structure of school life was oppressive.

  5. structurenoun

    Several pieces of data treated as a unit.

    This structure contains both date and timezone information.

  6. structurenoun

    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. structurenoun

    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. structurenoun

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

  9. structureverb

    To give structure to; to arrange.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Structure

    Etymology: structure, Fr. structura, from structus, Latin.

    His son builds on, and never is content,
    Till the last farthing is in structure spent. John Dryden.

    Several have gone about to inform them, but for want of insight into the structure and constitution of the terraqueous globe, have not given satisfaction. John Woodward.

    Ecbatana her structure vast there shews,
    And Hecatompylos her hundred gates. John Milton.

    High on a rock of ice the structure lay. Alexander Pope.

    There stands a structure of majestick frame. Alexander Pope.


  1. Structure

    A structure is an arrangement and organization of interrelated elements in a material object or system, or the object or system so organized. Material structures include man-made objects such as buildings and machines and natural objects such as biological organisms, minerals and chemicals. Abstract structures include data structures in computer science and musical form. Types of structure include a hierarchy (a cascade of one-to-many relationships), a network featuring many-to-many links, or a lattice featuring connections between components that are neighbors in space.


  1. structure

    Structure refers to the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex. It can also denote a system or organization established for a certain purpose. The term can be applied to both physical entities (such as buildings or anatomical structures) and abstract concepts (such as a narrative structure or a theoretical framework).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Structurenoun

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

  2. Structurenoun

    manner of building; form; make; construction

  3. Structurenoun

    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. Structurenoun

    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. Structurenoun

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

  6. Etymology: [L. structura, from struere, structum, to arrange, build, construct; perhaps akin to E. strew: cf. F. structure. Cf. Construe, Destroy, Instrument, Obstruct.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Structure

    struk′tūr, n. manner of building: construction: a building, esp. one of large size: arrangement of parts or of particles in a substance: manner of organisation: an organic form.—adj. Struc′tūral, morphological.—n. Structūralisā′tion.—adv. Struc′tūrally, in a structural manner.—adjs. Struc′tured, having a certain structure; Struc′tureless.—adv. Struc′turely, in structure, by construction.—n. Struc′tūrist, one who rears structures. [L. structurastruĕre, structum, to build.]

Editors Contribution

  1. structure

    A number of materials, mechanisms, methods to construct.

    The structure of the house was known and created with efficiency.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 22, 2020  

  2. structure

    The various elements of a whole, how the elements connect and their purpose.

    The structure of the property is accurate and demonstrates excellent architectural structures.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 24, 2020  

  3. structure

    To feel, know and understand intuitively what is required and how every facet connects together and works.

    The organisation structure is logical, rational, easy and simple.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 24, 2020  

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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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of structure in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of structure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of structure in a Sentence

  1. Raffaele De Mucci:

    5-Star is evolving from a 'movement', made up of followers of a charismatic leader into a 'party' with an organization and an internal structure, rome will be a fundamental test if its mayor is elected, because it offers the chance to disprove the theory that it is too inexperienced to govern.

  2. Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan:

    Right now, the 78 miles that have been built have been built where there was an existing form of barrier, we just started breaking ground in( Rio Grande Valley), where we're building miles of new wall where there has been no structure there at all.

  3. Rika Kihira:

    My goal was to get the first place twice in a row... so I became a little bit impatient because of my first mistake in the Axel. But I was able to recalculate and reassemble the structure of my performance, i tried to switch my mind and focus on the next element right away after my mistake. It was good experience for me to prepare for the next competition.

  4. Donald Trump:

    It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement, the Iran deal is defective at its core.

  5. The USTA:

    We have an opportunity to re-imagine the structure of the organisation to better serve the tennis community in the The USTA, this new structure allows The USTA to be more agile and more cost effective, while getting closer to tennis players at the local level.

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