Definition of structure in English:

structure

Line breaks: struc|ture
Pronunciation: /ˈstrʌktʃə
 
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noun

  • 2A building or other object constructed from several parts: the station is a magnificent structure and should not be demolished
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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

verb

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  • Construct or arrange according to a plan; give a pattern or organization to: services must be structured so as to avoid pitfalls
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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, order, design, shape, give structure to, assemble, 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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