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structure

Line breaks: struc|ture
Pronunciation: /ˈstrʌktʃə
 
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Definition of structure in English:

noun

1The arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex: the two sentences have equivalent structures the company’s weakness is the inflexibility of its management structure
More example sentences
  • 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
1.1 [mass noun] The quality of being organized: we shall use three headings to give some structure to the discussion
More example sentences
  • 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.
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

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.

Derivatives

structureless

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

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