Meaning of STRUCTURE in English


I. ˈstrək-chər noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin structura, from structus, past participle of struere to heap up, build — more at strew

Date: 15th century

1. : the action of building : construction


a. : something (as a building) that is constructed

b. : something arranged in a definite pattern of organization

a rigid totalitarian structure — J. L. Hess

leaves and other plant structure s

3. : manner of construction : makeup

Gothic in structure


a. : the arrangement of particles or parts in a substance or body

soil structure

molecular structure

b. : organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole

economic structure

personality structure

c. : coherent form or organization

tried to give some structure to the children's lives

5. : the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other

the structure of a language

• struc·ture·less -ləs adjective

• struc·ture·less·ness -nəs noun

II. transitive verb

( struc·tured ; struc·tur·ing ˈstrək-chə-riŋ, ˈstrək-shriŋ)

Date: circa 1693

1. : to form into or according to a structure

2. : construct

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.