(1)   A thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
"The structure consisted of a series of arches"
"She wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
(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)   A particular complex anatomical part
"He has good bone structure"
(4)   The complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations
"His lectures have no structure"
(5)   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"


(6)   Give a structure to
"I need to structure my days"


< < < , pp. . Cf. construct, instruct, destroy, etc.


  1. A cohesive whole built up of distinct parts.
    The birds had built an amazing structure out of sticks and various discarded items.
  2. The underlying shape of a solid.
    He studied the structure of her face.
  3. The overall form or organization of something.
    The structure of a sentence.
    The structure of the society was still a mystery.
  4. A set of rules defining behaviour.
    For some, the structure of school life was oppressive.
  5. Several pieces of data treated as a unit.
    This structure contains both date and timezone information.
  6. Underwater terrain or objects (such as a dead tree or a submerged car) that tend to attract fish
    There's lots of structure to be fished along the west shore of the lake; the impoundment submerged a town there when it was built.
  7. A body, such as a political party, with a cohesive purpose or outlook.
    The South African leader went off to consult with the structures.


  1. To give structure to; to arrange.
    I'm trying to structure my time better so I'm not always late.
    I've structured the deal to limit the amount of money we can lose.

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