Definition of structure in English:

structure

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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This year we completely changed our management structure.’
    • ‘The band challenged traditional song structures with odd arrangements and angular sounds.’
    • ‘These are integral elements of a competitive structure.’
    • ‘First, I am not aware that his party is proposing to change any element of the tax structure.’
    • ‘Out of these four basic elements the repayment structure of debt stands as the most important.’
    • ‘It is deeply rooted in the social relations and political structures of American capitalism.’
    • ‘The action of hormones and drugs is also dependent on the molecular three-dimensional structure of the target molecules.’
    • ‘Hydrogen bonding also plays an important role in determining the three-dimensional structures adopted by proteins and nucleic acids.’
    • ‘Hierarchical power structures resulted in obstetricians defining the norms of clinical practice and hence which choices were possible.’
    • ‘Hence, there is a need to examine how this development informs today's complex narrative structures.’
    • ‘Egypt's military commander altered the command structure in the Sinai.’
    • ‘We consider that the Council is wrong in its interpretation of the structure plan requirement for the following reasons.’
    • ‘The company's original structure appeared attractive because it provided access to some of the country's best medical researchers.’
    • ‘I did write a structure plan for my essay, but that was it.’
    • ‘The structure usually consists of an author reading selected pieces of his or her work.’
    • ‘Why should the nature of technology available to a society determine its economic structure?’
    • ‘In 1994 we collected larvae for genetic analysis to determine genetic structure among mature trees.’
    construction, form, formation, shape, composition, fabric, anatomy, make-up, constitution
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    1. 1.1mass noun The quality of being organized.
      ‘we shall use three headings to give some structure to the discussion’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Take advantage of long shadows and experiment with patterns of frost and rime on plants with structure.’
  • 2A building or other object constructed from several parts.

    ‘the station is a magnificent structure and should not be demolished’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said the balance of the money that was unspent was earmarked for building new hospital structures.’
    • ‘Coatings also help to ensure that major structures like bridges, buildings and industrial plants are built to last.’
    • ‘At the center of the town square his eye caught a magnificent structure, a church with massive stained glass windows.’
    • ‘A structure built into the tower was in front of me, as Kenshin opened the glass doors for me.’
    • ‘Would an architect assemble a structure without a good foundation?’
    • ‘All the structures and buildings can be placed only on a specially terraformed layer.’
    • ‘There were buildings up against the outer wall: small wooden structures with tile roofs.’
    • ‘These essentially tubular structures are constructed from an epithelial cell monolayer.’
    • ‘Building this huge concrete structure required the construction team to undergo a similar change of mind.’
    • ‘Not all historic structures are given listed building protection.’
    • ‘We also observed double helical structures formed by two fibers.’
    • ‘The three-dimensional crystal structure of the channel is now known with high resolution.’
    • ‘The initial protein configuration was again taken from the x-ray crystal structure.’
    • ‘Nucleosomal arrays are further folded and compacted to form higher order chromatin structures.’
    • ‘Two courtyards sunk into the building's roof structure allow light to penetrate deep into the building.’
    • ‘We have concentrated our research on structures composed of arrays of nanoparticles and films of silver and gold.’
    • ‘There are many other structures associated with cells in addition to the cell membrane.’
    building, edifice, construction, erection, pile, complex, assembly
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verb

[with object]
  • Construct or arrange according to a plan; give a pattern or organization to.

    ‘services must be structured so as to avoid pitfalls’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In that book, Eisler identifies a continuum of patterns for structuring relations.’
    • ‘Parents in turn should realise that these little ones need a highly structured home life in order to feel secure.’
    • ‘The games are structured as combat sport events, involving physical challenge and risk.’
    • ‘Most scholars date the beginning of Judaism as an organised and structured religion to this time.’
    • ‘The basic format of the game would be structured in such a way that you can choose where to go, and which crimes to fight.’
    • ‘Like the title suggests, the game was structured around the decathlon competition.’
    • ‘We're playing quite a long show and it's important that it is structured properly.’
    • ‘There are obviously a hundred ways of structuring an exhibition on Africa.’
    • ‘They're systematizing their fantasy lives, and thereby structuring their subjective worlds.’
    • ‘Ironically, structuring your day in this manner should actually give you more freedom.’
    • ‘Now, we believe in the sustainability of our system and adequately funding and structuring it.’
    • ‘Panday has never believed in structuring a party, or, for that matter, his union.’
    • ‘Finding the right formulae for structuring ownership and rewards will not be difficult once the right team is in place.’
    • ‘I can understand these things perfectly well but I don't have any way of structuring them using words.’
    • ‘Women caught in the web of structuring a career have to think a lot before deciding to go ahead and have a baby.’
    • ‘A wine technologist showed her the essentials of blending and structuring the wines.’
    • ‘They also want answers about precisely how the trusts were structured and who were their true architects.’
    arrange, organize, order, design, shape, give structure to, assemble, construct, build, put together
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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.

Pronunciation

structure

/ˈstrʌktʃə/