From Middle French structure, from Latin structūra (“a fitting together, adjustment, building, erection, a building, edifice, structure”), from struere, past participle structus (“pile up, arrange, assemble, build”). Compare construct, instruct, destroy, etc.
structure (countable and uncountable, plural structures)
- A cohesive whole built up of distinct parts.
- Synonym: formation
The birds had built an amazing structure out of sticks and various discarded items.
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess:
The original family who had begun to build a palace to rival Nonesuch had died out before they had put up little more than the gateway, so that the actual structure which had come down to posterity retained the secret magic of a promise rather than the overpowering splendour of a great architectural achievement.
- The underlying shape of a solid.
- Synonym: formation
He studied the structure of her face.
- The overall form or organization of something.
- Synonyms: makeup, configuration; see also Thesaurus:composition
The structure of a sentence.
The structure of the society was still a mystery.
2012 March, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, archived from the original on 19 February 2013, page 106:
Drawings and pictures are more than mere ornaments in scientific discourse. Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story.
- A set of rules defining behaviour.
For some, the structure of school life was oppressive.
- (computing) Several pieces of data treated as a unit.
This structure contains both date and timezone information.
- (fishing, uncountable) Underwater terrain or objects (such as a dead tree or a submerged car) that tend to attract fish
There's lots of structure to be fished along the west shore of the lake; the impoundment submerged a town there when it was built.
- A body, such as a political party, with a cohesive purpose or outlook.
The South African leader went off to consult with the structures.
- (logic) A set along with a collection of finitary functions and relations.
cohesive whole built up of distinct parts
- Albanian: strukturë (sq) f
- Arabic: هَيْكَل m (haykal)
- Armenian: կառույց (hy) (kaṙuycʿ)
- Asturian: estructura f
- Azerbaijani: struktur, quruluş
- Belarusian: структу́ра f (struktúra)
- Bengali: গঠন (bn) (goṭhon)
- Bulgarian: структу́ра (bg) f (struktúra)
- Burmese: ဖွဲ့စည်းပုံ (my) (hpwai.cany:pum)
- Catalan: estructura (ca) f
- Mandarin: 結構／结构 (zh) (jiégòu)
- Czech: struktura (cs)
- Danish: struktur (da) c
- Dutch: structuur (nl) f
- Esperanto: strukturo
- Estonian: struktuur (et)
- Finnish: rakennelma (fi)
- Galician: estrutura (gl) f
- Georgian: სტრუქტურა (sṭrukṭura)
- German: Struktur (de) f
- Greek: δομή (el) f (domí)
- Hebrew: מִבְנֶה (he) m (mivné)
- Hindi: संरचना f (sãracnā)
- Hungarian: szerkezet (hu)
- Icelandic: bygging (is)
- Ingrian: struktura
- Irish: struchtúr m
- Italian: struttura (it) f
- Japanese: 構造 (ja) (こうぞう, kōzō), 構成 (ja) (こうせい, kōsei)
- Kazakh: құрылым (qūrylym)
- Khmer: គ្រោង (km) (kroong)
- Korean: 구조(構造) (ko) (gujo), 구성(構成) (ko) (guseong)
- Northern Kurdish: pêkhate (ku) f
- Kyrgyz: структура (ky) (struktura)
- Lao: ໂຄງສ້າງ (lo) (khōng sāng)
- Latvian: struktūra (lv) f
- Lithuanian: struktūra f
- Macedonian: структу́ра f (struktúra)
- Malay: rangka (ms), struktur
- Maori: rangaranga
- Cyrillic:!бүтэц (mn) (bütec)
- Bokmål: struktur (no) m
- Oromo: caasaa
- Persian: سازه (fa) (sâze), ساخت (fa) (sâxt)
- Polish: struktura (pl) f
- Portuguese: estrutura (pt) f
- Romanian: structură (ro) f
- Russian: структу́ра (ru) f (struktúra)
- Scottish Gaelic: togail f
- Cyrillic: структу́ра f
- Roman: struktúra (sh) f
- Shan: ယူင်ႉသၢင်ႈ (yṵ̂ung sāang)
- Slovak: štruktúra f
- Slovene: struktura f
- Spanish: estructura (es) f
- Swedish: struktur (sv) c
- Tagalog: balangkas, estruktura, kayarian
- Tajik: сохт (tg) (soxt), структура (struktura), сохтор (soxtor)
- Thai: โครงสร้าง (th) (kroong-sâang)
- Turkish: yapı (tr)
- Turkmen: gurluş
- Ukrainian: структу́ра f (struktúra), спору́да (uk) f (sporúda) (built structure)
- Urdu: ساخت (sāxt)
- Uyghur: قۇرۇلما (qurulma)
- Uzbek: tuzilma (uz), struktura (uz), qurilish (uz), tuzilish (uz)
- Vietnamese: kết cấu (vi)
- Yiddish: סטרוקטור (struktur)
underlying shape of a solid
overall form or organization of something
set of rules defining behaviour
computing: several pieces of data treated as a unit
fishing: underwater terrain or objects
body, such as a political party, with a cohesive purpose or outlook
Translations to be checked
structure (third-person singular simple present structures, present participle structuring, simple past and past participle structured)
- (transitive) To give structure to; to arrange.
I'm trying to structure my time better so I'm not always late.
I've structured the deal to limit the amount of money we can lose.
(transitive) to give structure to; to arrange
From Latin structūra.
structure f (plural structures)
- Synonyms: agencement, disposition, ordre, organisation
- Antonyms: anarchie, chaos
- Le plain-chant est la paraphrase aérienne et mouvante de l'immobile structure des cathédrales. (Huysmans, En route, 1895)
- vocative masculine singular of strūctūrus