Structure meaning

strŭk'chər
The arrangement or interrelation of all the parts of a whole; manner of organization or construction.

The structure of the atom, the structure of society.

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Structure means to purposefully arrange something in a specific way.

An example of structure is when you arrange furniture deliberately so that everyone sits facing each other.

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In programming, a structure is two or more variables of the same or different types that is typically used to hold a data record (row). See variable and array of structures.
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Structure is a constructed building or a specific arrangement of things or people, especially things that have multiple parts.

An example of structure is a newly built home.

An example of structure is the arrangement of DNA elements.

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Something composed of interrelated parts forming an organism or an organization.
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To put together systematically; construct; organize.
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The way in which parts are arranged or put together to form a whole; makeup.

Triangular in structure.

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Something made up of a number of parts that are held or put together in a particular way.

Hierarchical social structure.

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Something constructed, such as a building.
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To give form or arrangement to.

Structure a curriculum; structure one's day.

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Manner of building, constructing, or organizing.
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The interrelation or arrangement of parts in a complex entity.

Political structure; plot structure.

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The overall form or organization of something.

The structure of a sentence.

The structure of the society was still a mystery.

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The arrangement or formation of the tissues, organs, or other parts of an organism.
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A cohesive whole built up of distinct parts.

The birds had built an amazing structure out of sticks and various discarded items.

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To give structure to; to arrange.

I'm trying to structure my time better so I'm not always late.

I've structured the deal to limit the amount of money we can lose.

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An organ or other part of an organism.
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The underlying shape of a solid.

He studied the structure of her face.

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(computing) Several pieces of data treated as a unit.

This structure contains both date and timezone information.

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(fishing, uncountable) Underwater terrain or objects (such as a dead tree or a submerged car) that tend to attract fish.

There's lots of structure to be fished along the west shore of the lake; the impoundment submerged a town there when it was built.

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A body, such as a political party, with a cohesive purpose or outlook.

The South African leader went off to consult with the structures.

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(logic) A set along with a collection of finitary functions and relations.
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Something built or constructed, as a building or dam.
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A set of rules defining behaviour.

For some, the structure of school life was oppressive.

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Origin of structure

  • Middle English the process of building from Latin strūctūra from strūctus past participle of struere to construct ster-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French structure, from Latin structura (“a fitting together, adjustment, building, erection, a building, edifice, structure"), from struere, past participle structus (“pile up, arrange, assemble, build"). Compare construct, instruct, destroy, etc.
    From Wiktionary