Definition of structure in English:

structure

Syllabification: struc·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈstrəkCHər
 
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noun

  • 1The arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex: flint is extremely hard, like diamond, which has a similar structure
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    • That arrangement completed the administrative structure of the Coast Guard as it exists today.
    • It is known that any complex system has a certain structure with its intrinsic elements and interconnections.
    • Since time and matter are limited, the resources to solve a problem or to build a complex structure are also limited.
    Synonyms
    construction, form, formation, shape, composition, anatomy, makeup, constitution; organization, system, arrangement, design, framework, configuration, pattern
  • 1.1A building or other object constructed from several parts.
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    • I was awed by the amount of labor that went into building such a magnificent structure.
    • He enjoyed a reputation for building tall elegant masonry structures such as church towers and spires.
    • Storing them on high buildings rather than scaffold structures to reduce visibility is also advised.
    Synonyms
  • 1.2The quality of being organized: we shall use three headings to give some structure to the discussion
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    • At first sight it looked appalling, but I could see it had sound structure, fantastic quality of light and great potential.
    • Anthony has brought a bit of structure and organisation and a bit of discipline to training.
    • These are the kind of plants that give structure to a border and which will improve over the years.

verb

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  • Construct or arrange according to a plan; give a pattern or organization to: the game is structured so that there are five ways to win
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    • We work in routine service industry jobs structured by low pay with shift patterns dictated by childcare.
    • The play is a syllogism, and, to function perfectly, it must be structured perfectly.
    • Finally I was going to tell him, after a whole day of structuring my speech together, I was going to tell it to his face.
    Synonyms
    arrange, organize, design, shape, construct, build, put together

Derivatives

structureless

adjective
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  • The inkblots are purportedly ambiguous, structureless entities which are to be given a clear structure by the interpreter.
  • There is fleeting footage of everyone from Nick Cave to New Order, but one critic dismissed it as a structureless muddle.
  • These discontinuous beds are plane-bedded, structureless to finely laminated, and in some cases have small-scale cross bedding.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting the process of building): from Old French, or from Latin structura, from struere 'to build'. The verb is rarely found before the 20th century.

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