Definition of structure in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Since time and matter are limited, the resources to solve a problem or to build a complex structure are also limited.’
    • ‘The band challenged traditional song structures with odd arrangements and angular sounds.’
    • ‘Hydrogen bonding also plays an important role in determining the three-dimensional structures adopted by proteins and nucleic acids.’
    • ‘First, I am not aware that his party is proposing to change any element of the tax structure.’
    • ‘These are integral elements of a competitive structure.’
    • ‘We consider that the Council is wrong in its interpretation of the structure plan requirement for the following reasons.’
    • ‘Why should the nature of technology available to a society determine its economic structure?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is deeply rooted in the social relations and political structures of American capitalism.’
    • ‘In 1994 we collected larvae for genetic analysis to determine genetic structure among mature trees.’
    • ‘The structure usually consists of an author reading selected pieces of his or her work.’
    • ‘It is known that any complex system has a certain structure with its intrinsic elements and interconnections.’
    • ‘This year we completely changed our management structure.’
    • ‘The action of hormones and drugs is also dependent on the molecular three-dimensional structure of the target molecules.’
    • ‘Egypt's military commander altered the command structure in the Sinai.’
    • ‘That arrangement completed the administrative structure of the Coast Guard as it exists today.’
    • ‘Out of these four basic elements the repayment structure of debt stands as the most important.’
    • ‘I did write a structure plan for my essay, but that was it.’
    • ‘The company's original structure appeared attractive because it provided access to some of the country's best medical researchers.’
    construction, form, formation, shape, composition, fabric, anatomy, make-up, constitution
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The quality of being organized.
      ‘we shall use three headings to give some structure to the discussion’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At first sight it looked appalling, but I could see it had sound structure, fantastic quality of light and great potential.’
      • ‘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 said the balance of the money that was unspent was earmarked for building new hospital structures.’
    • ‘We have concentrated our research on structures composed of arrays of nanoparticles and films of silver and gold.’
    • ‘I was awed by the amount of labor that went into building such a magnificent structure.’
    • ‘Two courtyards sunk into the building's roof structure allow light to penetrate deep into the building.’
    • ‘The three-dimensional crystal structure of the channel is now known with high resolution.’
    • ‘At the center of the town square his eye caught a magnificent structure, a church with massive stained glass windows.’
    • ‘He enjoyed a reputation for building tall elegant masonry structures such as church towers and spires.’
    • ‘All the structures and buildings can be placed only on a specially terraformed layer.’
    • ‘We also observed double helical structures formed by two fibers.’
    • ‘A structure built into the tower was in front of me, as Kenshin opened the glass doors for me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Coatings also help to ensure that major structures like bridges, buildings and industrial plants are built to last.’
    • ‘Would an architect assemble a structure without a good foundation?’
    • ‘There are many other structures associated with cells in addition to the cell membrane.’
    • ‘Storing them on high buildings rather than scaffold structures to reduce visibility is also advised.’
    • ‘Nucleosomal arrays are further folded and compacted to form higher order chromatin structures.’
    • ‘There were buildings up against the outer wall: small wooden structures with tile roofs.’
    • ‘The initial protein configuration was again taken from the x-ray crystal structure.’
    • ‘The chief targets have been any structures associated with the Prophet Muhammad.’
    • ‘Not all historic structures are given listed building protection.’
    building, edifice, construction, erection, pile, complex, assembly
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  • Construct or arrange according to a plan; give a pattern or organization to.

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