structure meaning

[ 'strʌktʃə ] Pronunciation:   "structure" in a sentence
Noun: structure  strúkchu(r)
  1. A thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
    "the structure consisted of a series of arches"
    - construction 
  2. 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" 
  3. The complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations
    "his lectures have no structure" 
  4. A particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
    "he has good bone structure"
    - anatomical structure, complex body part, bodily structure, body structure 
  5. The people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships
    "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
    - social organization, social organisation [Brit], social structure, social system
Verb: structure  strúkchu(r)
  1. Give a structure to
    "I need to structure my days"

Derived forms: structured, structuring, structures

See also: structural

Type of: artefact [Brit], artifact [N. Amer], body part, cognition, composition, constitution, coordinate, knowledge, makeup, make-up, noesis, organise [Brit], organize, physical composition, scheme, system

Part of: society

Encyclopedia: Structure Structure, function and biosynthesis of COX


A combination of units constructed and so interconnected, in an organized way, as to provide rigidity between its elements.


Any edifice.

noun, verb



1 [U,C]

the way in which the parts of sth are connected together, arranged or organized; a particular arrangement of parts:

changes in the structure of the company

the airline's new fare structure

The management plan to create a more flexible pay structure.

We will strengthen our market structure, making our markets more efficient and friendly for investors.

The group has a power structure that makes it clear that the chairman will make the ultimate decision.

2 [U,C]

the state of being well organized or planned with all the parts linked together; a careful plan:

His presentation lacked structure.

3 [C]

a thing that is made of several parts, especially a building:

brick/wood/steel structures


verb [+ obj] (usually be structured)

to arrange or organize sth into a system or pattern:

The conference was structured around three key issues.

We have a highly structured recruitment process.

[Civil engineering]
"Something, as a bridge or a building, that is built or constructed and designed to sustain a load."

1 : something (as an anatomical part) arranged in a definite pattern of organization
a : the arrangement of particles or parts in a substance or body ‹molecular structure›
b : organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole ‹personality structure›
3 : the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other


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  1. the sense organs or receptors are structures.
  2. i thought the structure was going to crash.
  3. the backbone is an articulate structure.
  4. the accumulations bear no relation to structure.
  5. this structure is called the heme group.

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