- 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.
- structural unemployment,
- structured programming,
Origin of structure
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|Justin Glawe|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like trees, these structures provide shelter and serve as attractive pieces of natural sculpture.
In cases where something goes awry in this process, other structures in the brain are affected, and ASDs may result.
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|Michael Luongo|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Picture-frames also belong in this class of structures, the glass taking the place of the panel.Handwork in Wood|William Noyes
There seemed to be some goddess entwined with sea-weed standing over the ocean of structures.The Hive|Will Levington Comfort
It is also of the utmost importance to consider the elastic behavior of structures, whether of steel or concrete.Some Mooted Questions in Reinforced Concrete Design|Edward Godfrey
Jake began, at once, to move these structures, and more too.Around Old Bethany|Robert Lee Berry
The questions to be asked and answered are not merely, What are the structures in this animal?Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work|P. Chalmers Mitchell
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.