[ struhk-cher ]
/ ˈstrʌk tʃər /
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.
verb (used with object), struc·tured, struc·tur·ing.
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
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin structūra, equivalent to struct(us) (past participle of struere to put together) + -ūra -ure
Related formsde·struc·ture, verb (used with object), de·struc·tured, de·struc·tur·ing.in·ter·struc·ture, nounnon·struc·ture, nounpre·struc·ture, verb (used with object), pre·struc·tured, pre·struc·tur·ing.
2. See building.
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British Dictionary definitions for destructured
/ (ˈstrʌktʃə) /
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 for structure
C15: from Latin structūra, from struere to build
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Medicine definitions for destructured
[ strŭk′chər ]
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.
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