Meaning of STRUCTURE in English


/struk"cheuhr/ , n. , v. , structured, structuring .


1. mode of building, construction, or organization; arrangement of parts, elements, or constituents: a pyramidal structure.

2. something built or constructed, as a building, bridge, or dam.

3. a complex system considered from the point of view of the whole rather than of any single part: the structure of modern science.

4. anything composed of parts arranged together in some way; an organization.

5. the relationship or organization of the component parts of a work of art or literature: the structure of a poem.

6. Biol. mode of organization; construction and arrangement of tissues, parts, or organs.

7. Geol.

a. the attitude of a bed or stratum or of beds or strata of sedimentary rocks, as indicated by the dip and strike.

b. the coarser composition of a rock, as contrasted with its texture.

8. Chem. the manner in which atoms in a molecule are joined to each other, esp. in organic chemistry where molecular arrangement is represented by a diagram or model.

9. Sociol.

a. the system or complex of beliefs held by members of a social group.

b. the system of relations between the constituent groups of a society.

c. the relationship between or the interrelated arrangement of the social institutions of a society or culture, as of mores, marriage customs, or family.

d. the pattern of relationships, as of status or friendship, existing among the members of a group or society.

10. the pattern of organization of a language as a whole or of arrangements of linguistic units, as phonemes, morphemes or tagmemes, within larger units.


11. to give a structure, organization, or arrangement to; construct a systematic framework for.

[ 1400-50; late ME structura, equiv. to struct ( us ) (ptp. of struere to put together) + -ura -URE ]

Syn. 1. system, form, configuration. 2. See building .

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .