Meaning of STRUCTURE in English



Pronunciation: ' str ə k-ch ə r

Function: 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

2 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 >

4 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 \ -l ə s \ adjective

– struc · ture · less · ness \ -n ə s \ noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.