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[struhk-cher] /ˈstrʌk tʃər/

mode of building, construction, or organization; arrangement of parts, elements, or constituents:
a pyramidal structure.
something built or constructed, as a building, bridge, or dam.
a complex system considered from the point of view of the whole rather than of any single part:
the structure of modern science.
anything composed of parts arranged together in some way; an organization.
the relationship or organization of the component parts of a work of art or literature:
the structure of a poem.
Biology. mode of organization; construction and arrangement of tissues, parts, or organs.

Chemistry. the manner in which atoms in a molecule are joined to each other, especially in organic chemistry where molecular arrangement is represented by a diagram or model.

the pattern of organization of a language as a whole or of arrangements of linguistic units, as phonemes, morphemes or tagmemes, within larger units.
verb (used with object), structured, structuring.
to give a structure, organization, or arrangement to; or build a systematic framework for:
to structure a curriculum so well that a novice teacher can use it.
a complex construction or entity
the arrangement and interrelationship of parts in a construction, such as a building
the manner of construction or organization: the structure of society
(biology) morphology; form
(chem) the arrangement of atoms in a molecule of a chemical compound: the structure of benzene
(geology) the way in which a mineral, rock, rock mass or stratum, etc, is made up of its component parts
(rare) the act of constructing
(transitive) to impart a structure to

mid-15c., “action or process of building or construction,” from Latin structura “a fitting together, adjustment, building,” from structus, past participle of struere “to pile, build, assemble,” related to strues “heap,” from PIE *stere- “to spread, extend, stretch out” (cf. Sanskrit strnoti “strews, throws down;” Avestan star- “to spread out, stretch out;” Greek stronymi “strew,” stroma “bedding, mattress,” sternon “breast, breastbone;” Latin sternere “to stretch, extend;” Old Church Slavonic stira, streti “spread,” strama “district;” Russian stroji “order;” Gothic straujan, Old High German strouwen, Old English streowian “to sprinkle, strew;” Old English streon “strain,” streaw “straw, that which is scattered;” Old High German stirna “forehead,” strala “arrow, lightning bolt;” Old Irish fo-sernaim “spread out,” srath “a wide river valley;” Welsh srat “plain”). Meaning “that which is constructed, a building or edifice” is from 1610s.

“put together systematically,” by 1855, from structure (n.). Related: Structured; structuring. Structured “organized so as to produce results” is from 1959.

structure struc·ture (strŭk’chər)


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