- 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.
- 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.
verb (used with object), struc·tured, struc·tur·ing.
Origin of structure
Synonyms for structure
Related Words for structurenetwork, format, system, arrangement, framework, complex, design, architecture, organization, formation, construction, house, edifice, fabric, make, conformation, texture, fabrication, anatomy, build
Examples from the Web for structure
Contemporary Examples of structure
This structure is particularly destructive for children in low-income families.How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor
Veronique de Rugy
November 23, 2014
And a small battery hidden in the structure can store power, which can be used to keep highly efficient LEG bulbs lit at night.Parks and Regeneration
The Daily Beast
November 3, 2014
The piece of metal was held up to the place in the structure where the window had been covered over.How Amelia's Plane Was Found
October 30, 2014
Growth in one body part often affects size and structure of other body parts.Why Aristotle Deserves A Posthumous Nobel
October 18, 2014
Like the cerebrum, the cerebellum has two hemispheres, separated by a structure called the vermis.Early Brain Injury Might Be the Root of Autism
September 7, 2014
Historical Examples of structure
Like a huge sloth he drew himself to the roof of the structure.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
I could push the wagon about with one hand, so light was its structure.American Notes
Thence it was an easy task to get on top of the structure in which the dance was being held.Frank Roscoe's Secret
Our first object must be to study the structure of the animal.The Present Condition of Organic Nature
Thomas H. Huxley
On the side facing the highway the structure was more solid.
Word Origin for structure
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.