Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
    she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons
  2. (noun, attribute) the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts
    the structure of the benzene molecule
  3. (noun, body) a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
  4. (noun, cognition) the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations
  5. (noun, group) the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships
    sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family
  6. (verb, change) give a structure to

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Alternate forms of Structure

Derivations: structure

Hyponyms: airdock, altar, alveolar bed, apodeme, arcade, arch, architecture, area, arena, arrangement, aster, balance, balcony, ball, bascule, blade, boarding, bodily cavity, body, bony labyrinth, bowl, branchial arch, branchial cleft, bridge, building, building complex, bulb, caliculus, calycle, calyculus, capsule, card-house, cardcastle, cardhouse, carina, cartilaginous structure, catchment, cauda, cavity, cavum, centromere, chiasm, chiasma, cingulum, class structure, coil, colonnade, column, complex, computer architecture, concha, convolution, corner, cornu, corona, costa, counterbalance, cross, cytoarchitectonics, cytoarchitecture, cytoskeleton, deathtrap, decussation, defence, defense, defensive structure, divider, door, edifice, entablature, equilibrium, equipoise, erection, establishment, fabric, false bottom, feudal system, feudalism, filament, filum, floor, fold, form, fountain, framework, fundus, funiculus, germ, gill arch, gill bar, gill cleft, gill slit, glans, guide, gyrus, hangar, head, helix, hill, honeycomb, horny structure, house of cards, housing, hull, impediment, impedimenta, infrastructure, infundibulum, interstice, jungle gym, kinetochore, lacrimal apparatus, lamination, landing, landing place, landmark, layer, lens nucleus, level, limbus, living accommodations, lodging, lookout, lookout station, masonry, matriarchate, matriarchy, membranous labyrinth, memorial, meritocracy, monument, morphology, mound, neural structure, nucleolar organiser, nucleolar organizer, nucleolus organiser, nucleolus organizer, nucleus, observation tower, observatory, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor, offset, organisation, organization, osseous labyrinth, pad, partition, passage, passageway, patriarchate, patriarchy, pattern, peristome, phrase structure, pillar, plate, platform, plexus, plica, pluralism, porch, post and lintel, prefab, projection, public works, quoin, radicle, receptor, reconstitute, repair shed, restructure, rete, rib, root, rotator cuff, sail, segregation, sentence structure, separatism, set-back, setoff, shape, shelter, shipway, shoebox, sign, signboard, skeletal structure, slipway, sound structure, span, spiral, sports stadium, stadium, storey, story, substructure, superstructure, supporting structure, syllable structure, syntax, syrinx, system, tooth, tooth root, tower, transept, trestlework, tube, tube-shaped structure, unguis, uvea, valve, vascular structure, vaulting, volute, ways, weapons platform, wellhead, whorl, wind tunnel, word structure, zona, zone

Hypernyms: artefact, artifact, body part, cognition, composition, constitution, coordinate, knowledge, make-up, makeup, noesis, organise, organize, physical composition, scheme, system

Origin of the word Structure

  1. c.1440, "action or process of building or construction," from L. structura "a fitting together, adjustment, building," from structus, pp. of struere "to pile, build, assemble," related to strues "heap," from PIE *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (cf. Skt. strnoti "strews, throws down;" Avestan star- "to spread out, stretch… more

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Words that sound like Structure

straight arrow, straightarrow, stricture

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