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.
Sociology. social structure.
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.
- de·struc·ture, verb (used with object), de·struc·tured, de·struc·tur·ing.
- in·ter·struc·ture, noun
- non·struc·ture, noun
- pre·struc·ture, verb (used with object), pre·struc·tured, pre·struc·tur·ing.
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How to use structure in a sentence
For the substance to be a chemical, and not just a molecule, those atoms must be bound together in a fixed structure and ratio.
Those values don’t mesh with the structure of the classic Mulan story.The history of Mulan, from a 6th-century ballad to the live-action Disney movie | Constance Grady | September 4, 2020 | Vox
Amazingly, the color of light they absorb or emit can be changed simply by tweaking their chemical structure.How a New Solar and Lighting Technology Could Propel a Renewable Energy Transformation | Sam Stranks | September 3, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Either way, structures like Göbekli Tepe reveal a fundamental shift in how people related to the cosmos.An Ancient Site with Human Skulls on Display - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Jo Marchant | September 2, 2020 | Nautilus
It was so hot that his vinyl windows melted, but the structure didn’t burn.
New refinements in aluminum made structures both stronger and lighter.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly? | Clive Irving | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I had started to become disillusioned with the norms of how people put together social structures,” recalls Miller.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy | Oliver Jones | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But it will take more than superficial solidarity to dismantle those structures and the ideologies that birthed them.
Wielding a curved knife, a young man navigates past the aging structures and into the forest.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The endless miles of railways, the vast apparatus of the factories, the soaring structures of the cities bear easy witness to it.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
As the two fluids mingle, the effect upon various structures may be seen.
Rarely, sodium urate occurs in crystalline form—slender prisms, arranged in fan- or sheaf-like structures (Fig. 32).
When the sediment is abundant, casts, being light structures, will be found near the top.
I knew this was a city of noble and beautiful structures, but the reality surpasses my expectation.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for structure
a complex construction or entity
the arrangement and interrelationship of parts in a construction, such as a building
the manner of construction or organization: the structure of society
biology morphology; form
chem the arrangement of atoms in a molecule of a chemical compound: the 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
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