|1.||[ noun ] a thing constructed; a complex construction or entity|
"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
|Related terms:||artifact area shelter building porch body floor memorial housing obstruction tower bridge signboard establishment masonry cross partition stadium fountain landing column mound projection ways arrangement coil hull spandrel infrastructure infrastructure wellhead wind_tunnel catchment lookout colonnade balcony balcony corner jungle_gym bascule deathtrap platform boarding post_and_lintel defensive_structure arch arcade balance prefab set_back public_works entablature shoebox erection door superstructure building_complex lamination supporting_structure altar transept vaulting trestlework house_of_cards airdock foundation structural_member plate|
|2.||[ noun ] the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts|
"artists must study the structure of the human body" "the structure of the benzene molecule"
|Related terms:||constitution framework computer_architecture cytoarchitecture infrastructure|
|3.||[ noun ] the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations|
"his lectures have no structure"
|Related terms:||cognition arrangement form syntax configuration morphology|
|4.||[ noun ] (zoology) a particular complex anatomical structure|
|Synonyms:||complex_body_part bodily_structure body_structure anatomical_structure|
"he has good bone structure"
|Related terms:||body_part valve alveolar_bed bridge passage tooth claustrum syrinx peristome limbus bulb pad apodeme plexus bony_labyrinth concha filament interstice neural_structure rib blade radicle tube carina rotator_cuff cavity cauda gill_slit root capsule head earlobe glans chiasma uvea vascular_structure centromere aster nucleolar_organizer fold gyrus spermatic_cord cartilaginous_structure ball plate horny_structure skeleton skeletal_structure costa nucleolar_organiser membranous_labyrinth cornu corona germ infundibulum landmark fundus funiculus head lacrimal_apparatus cingulum gill_arch calyculus receptor zona cytoskeleton layer|
|5.||[ verb ] give a structure to|
"I need to structure my days"
|Related terms:||organize restructure|
|6.||[ noun ] (sociology) the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships|
|Synonyms:||social_organization social_system social_structure social_organisation|
"the social organization of England and America is very different" "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
|Related terms:||system feudalism matriarchy meritocracy patriarchy class_structure segregation society political_system|