- mode of building, construction, or organization; arrangement of parts, elements, or constituents: a pyramidal structure.
- something built or constructed, as a building, bridge, or dam.
- a complex system considered from the point of view of the whole rather than of any single part: the structure of modern science.
- anything composed of parts arranged together in some way; an organization.
- the relationship or organization of the component parts of a work of art or literature: the structure of a poem.
- Biology. mode of organization; construction and arrangement of tissues, parts, or organs.
- 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.
- Chemistry. the manner in which atoms in a molecule are joined to each other, especially in organic chemistry where molecular arrangement is represented by a diagram or model.
- the system or complex of beliefs held by members of a social group.
- the system of relations between the constituent groups of a society.
- the relationship between or the interrelated arrangement of the social institutions of a society or culture, as of mores, marriage customs, or family.
- the pattern of relationships, as of status or friendship, existing among the members of a group or society.
- the pattern of organization of a language as a whole or of arrangements of linguistic units, as phonemes, morphemes or tagmemes, within larger units.
- to give a structure, organization, or arrangement to; construct or build a systematic framework for: to structure a curriculum so well that a novice teacher can use it.
Origin of structure
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Examples from the Web for structures
They joined 11 structures that will have to be completely rebuilt—if at all—as Ferguson gets back on its feet.The Baptism of Michael Brown Sr. and Ferguson’s Baptism by Fire
November 27, 2014
Like trees, these structures provide shelter and serve as attractive pieces of natural sculpture.Parks and Regeneration
The Daily Beast
November 3, 2014
In cases where something goes awry in this process, other structures in the brain are affected, and ASDs may result.Early Brain Injury Might Be the Root of Autism
September 7, 2014
The temple complex is a series of courtyards, some lined with walls and stairs leading to other structures.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
There was a record of a new gas line being installed in one of the structures last year.My Building Exploded. I Survived: Harlem Miracle Man Tells His Story
March 13, 2014
Poulson mentions the loss of three structures between 1776 and 1816.Yorkshire Painted And Described
Waggons were drawn along with masques upon ships and other structures.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
Nor could the structures upon it have shut any large object from his view.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
What may be the functional importance of either of these structures we know not.On the Relations of Man to the Lower Animals
Thomas H. Huxley
Hexanephric: with six kidneys, or structures serving as such.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- a complex construction or entity
- the arrangement and interrelationship of parts in a construction, such as a building
- the manner of construction or organizationthe structure of society
- biology morphology; form
- chem the arrangement of atoms in a molecule of a chemical compoundthe structure of benzene
- geology the way in which a mineral, rock, rock mass or stratum, etc, is made up of its component parts
- rare the act of constructing
- (tr) to impart a structure to
Word Origin and History for structures
mid-15c., "action or process of building or construction," from Latin structura "a fitting together, adjustment, building," from structus, past participle of struere "to pile, build, assemble," related to strues "heap," from PIE *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (cf. Sanskrit strnoti "strews, throws down;" Avestan star- "to spread out, stretch out;" Greek stronymi "strew," stroma "bedding, mattress," sternon "breast, breastbone;" Latin sternere "to stretch, extend;" Old Church Slavonic stira, streti "spread," strama "district;" Russian stroji "order;" Gothic straujan, Old High German strouwen, Old English streowian "to sprinkle, strew;" Old English streon "strain," streaw "straw, that which is scattered;" Old High German stirna "forehead," strala "arrow, lightning bolt;" Old Irish fo-sernaim "spread out," srath "a wide river valley;" Welsh srat "plain"). Meaning "that which is constructed, a building or edifice" is from 1610s.
"put together systematically," by 1855, from structure (n.). Related: Structured; structuring. Structured "organized so as to produce results" is from 1959.
- The arrangement or formation of the tissues, organs, or other parts of an organism.
- A tissue, an organ, or other formation made up of different but related parts.