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English noun: structure

1. structure (artifact) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts


SamplesThe structure consisted of a series of arches.
She wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons.


Synonymsconstruction


Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact


Narrower (hyponym)airdock, altar, arcade, arch, area, arena, balance, balcony, balcony, bascule, boarding, body, bowl, bridge, building, building complex, card-house, cardcastle, cardhouse, catchment, coil, colonnade, colonnade, column, complex, corner, counterbalance, cross, deathtrap, defence, defense, defensive structure, divider, door, edifice, entablature, equilibrium, equipoise, erection, establishment, false bottom, floor, fountain, guide, hangar, helix, hill, honeycomb, house of cards, housing, hull, impediment, impedimenta, jungle gym, lamination, landing, landing place, level, living accommodations, lodging, lookout, lookout station, masonry, memorial, monument, mound, observation tower, observatory, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor, offset, partition, pillar, platform, porch, post and lintel, prefab, projection, public works, quoin, repair shed, sail, set-back, setoff, shelter, shipway, shoebox, sign, signboard, slipway, span, spiral, sports stadium, stadium, storey, story, superstructure, supporting structure, tower, transept, trestlework, vaulting, volute, ways, weapons platform, wellhead, whorl, wind tunnel


Part holonymbase, foot, foundation, fundament, groundwork, plate, structural member, substructure, understructure

2. structure (attribute) the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts


SamplesArtists must study the structure of the human body.
The structure of the benzene molecule.


Broader (hypernym)composition, constitution, make-up, makeup, physical composition


Narrower (hyponym)architecture, computer architecture, cytoarchitectonics, cytoarchitecture, fabric, framework, infrastructure, substructure

3. structure (cognition) the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations


SamplesHis lectures have no structure.


Broader (hypernym)cognition, knowledge, noesis


Narrower (hyponym)arrangement, form, morphology, organisation, organization, pattern, phrase structure, sentence structure, shape, sound structure, syllable structure, syntax, system, word structure

4. structure (body) a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing


SamplesHe has good bone structure.


Synonymsanatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part


Broader (hypernym)body part


Narrower (hyponym)alveolar bed, apodeme, aster, ball, blade, bodily cavity, bony labyrinth, branchial arch, branchial cleft, bridge, bulb, caliculus, calycle, calyculus, capsule, carina, cartilaginous structure, cauda, cavity, cavum, centromere, chiasm, chiasma, cingulum, concha, convolution, cornu, corona, costa, cytoskeleton, decussation, filament, filum, fold, fundus, funiculus, germ, gill arch, gill bar, gill cleft, gill slit, glans, gyrus, head, head, horny structure, infundibulum, interstice, kinetochore, lacrimal apparatus, landmark, layer, lens nucleus, limbus, membranous labyrinth, neural structure, nucleolar organiser, nucleolar organizer, nucleolus organiser, nucleolus organizer, nucleus, osseous labyrinth, pad, passage, passageway, peristome, plate, plexus, plica, radicle, receptor, rete, rib, root, rotator cuff, skeletal structure, syrinx, tooth, tooth root, tube, tube-shaped structure, unguis, uvea, valve, vascular structure, zona, zone

5. structure (group) the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships


SamplesThe social organization of England and America is very different.
Sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family.


Synonymssocial organisation, social organization, social structure, social system


Broader (hypernym)scheme, system


Narrower (hyponym)class structure, feudal system, feudalism, matriarchate, matriarchy, meritocracy, patriarchate, patriarchy, pluralism, segregation, separatism


Member holonymform of government, political system


Member meronymsociety


English verb: structure

1. structure (change) give a structure to


SamplesI need to structure my days.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)coordinate, organise, organize


Narrower (hyponym)reconstitute, restructure









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