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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Structure  \Struc"ture\,  n.  [L.  structura,  from  struere 
  structum  to  arrange,  build,  construct;  perhaps  akin  to  E. 
  strew:  cf  F.  structure.  Cf  {Construe},  {Destroy}, 
  {Instrument},  {Obstruct}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  building;  the  practice  of  erecting  buildings; 
  construction.  [R.] 
 
  His  son  builds  on  and  never  is  content  Till  the 
  last  farthing  is  in  structure  spent.  --J.  Dryden, 
  Jr 
 
  2.  Manner  of  building;  form  make  construction. 
 
  Want  of  insight  into  the  structure  and  constitution 
  of  the  terraqueous  globe.  --Woodward. 
 
  3.  Arrangement  of  parts  of  organs,  or  of  constituent 
  particles,  in  a  substance  or  body;  as  the  structure  of  a 
  rock  or  a  mineral;  the  structure  of  a  sentence. 
 
  It  [basalt]  has  often  a  prismatic  structure.  --Dana. 
 
  4.  (Biol.)  Manner  of  organization;  the  arrangement  of  the 
  different  tissues  or  parts  of  animal  and  vegetable 
  organisms;  as  organic  structure,  or  the  structure  of 
  animals  and  plants;  cellular  structure. 
 
  5.  That  which  is  built;  a  building;  esp.,  a  building  of  some 
  size  or  magnificence;  an  edifice. 
 
  There  stands  a  structure  of  majestic  frame.  --Pope. 
 
  {Columnar  structure}.  See  under  {Columnar}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  structure 
  n  1:  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"  [syn:  {construction}] 
  2:  the  manner  of  construction  of  something  and  the  disposition 
  of  its  parts  "artists  must  study  the  structure  of  the 
  human  body";  "the  architecture  of  a  computer's  system 
  software"  [syn:  {architecture}] 
  3:  the  complex  composition  of  knowledge  as  elements  and  their 
  combinations;  "his  lectures  have  no  structure" 
  4:  a  particular  complex  anatomical  structure;  "he  has  good  bone 
  structure"  [syn:  {anatomical  structure},  {complex  body 
  part},  {bodily  structure},  {body  structure}] 
  5:  the  people  in  a  society  considered  as  a  system  organized  by 
  a  characteristic  pattern  of  relationships;  "the  social 
  organization  of  England  and  America  is  very  different"; 
  "sociologists  have  studied  the  changing  structure  of  the 
  family"  [syn:  {social  organization},  {social  structure},  {social 
  system}] 
  v  :  give  a  structure  to  "I  need  to  structure  my  days" 




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