Definitions for: Structure


[n]
[n] the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts; "artists must study the structure of the human body"; "the structure of the benzene molecule"
[n]
[n] the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations; "his lectures have no structure"
[n] the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
[v] give a structure to; "I need to structure my days"



Webster (1913) Definition: Struc"ture, n. [L. structura, from struere,
structum, to arrange, build, construct; perhaps akin to E.
strew: cf. F. structure. Cf. Construe, Destroy,
Instrument, Obstruct.]
1. The act of building; the practice of erecting buildings;
construction. [R.]

His son builds on, and never is content Till the
last farthing is in structure spent. --J. Dryden,
Jr.

2. Manner of building; form; make; construction.

Want of insight into the structure and constitution
of the terraqueous globe. --Woodward.

3. Arrangement of parts, of organs, or of constituent
particles, in a substance or body; as, the structure of a
rock or a mineral; the structure of a sentence.

It [basalt] has often a prismatic structure. --Dana.

4. (Biol.) Manner of organization; the arrangement of the
different tissues or parts of animal and vegetable
organisms; as, organic structure, or the structure of
animals and plants; cellular structure.

5. That which is built; a building; esp., a building of some
size or magnificence; an edifice.

There stands a structure of majestic frame. --Pope.

Columnar structure. See under Columnar.

Synonyms: anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, construction, social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system

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