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Etymology

< French structure < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] structura (a fitting together, adjustment, building, erection, a building, edifice, structure) < struere, pp. structus (pile up, arrange, assemble, build). Cf. construct, instruct, destroy, etc.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
structure

Plural
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structure ({{{1}}})
  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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Several pieces of data treated as a unit.
    This structure contains both date and timezone information.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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.

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Verb

Infinitive
to structure

Third person singular
structur

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to structure (third-person singular simple present structur, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) 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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