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Structure appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

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Usage statistics for the noun structure:

spoken English31.79%written English68.21% conversational speech2.65%task-oriented speech97.35% imaginative writing6.72%informational writing93.28%
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The word structure and its family (restructure, restructured, restructures, restructuring, structural, structurally, structured, structures, structuring, unstructured) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun structure

What does structure mean as a name of something?

Structure is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: structures

  1. a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
    • example: the structure consisted of a series of arches
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of structure: construction
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific terms:
      • repair shed / airdock / hangar = a large structure at an airport where aircraft can be stored and maintained
      • altar = a raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are made
      • colonnade / arcade = a structure composed of a series of arches supported by columns
      • arch = a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
      • area = a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
      • balcony = a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet
      • balcony = an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium
      • bascule = a structure or device in which one end is counterbalanced by the other
      • boarding = a structure of boards
      • body = the external structure of a vehicle
      • bridge / span = a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.
      • building / edifice = a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
      • building complex / complex = a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
      • catchment = a structure in which water is collected
      • spiral / volute / helix / whorl / coil = a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops
      • colonnade = structure consisting of a row of evenly spaced columns
      • column / pillar = a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything
      • corner / quoin = solid exterior angle of a building
      • cross = a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece
      • deathtrap = any structure that is very unsafe
      • defensive structure / defence / defense = a structure used to defend against attack
      • door = a structure where people live or work
      • entablature = the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof
      • erection = a structure that has been erected
      • establishment = a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
      • false bottom = a horizontal structure that partitions a ship or box
      • storey / floor / level / story = a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
      • fountain = a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises
      • guide = a structure or marking that serves to direct the motion or positioning of something
      • house of cards / card-house / cardcastle / cardhouse = an unstable construction with playing cards
      • living accommodations / housing / lodging = structures collectively in which people are housed
      • hull = the frame or body of ship
      • jungle gym = a structure of vertical and horizontal rods where children can climb and play
      • lamination = a layered structure
      • landing place / landing = structure providing a place where boats can land people or goods
      • observation tower / lookout station / observatory / lookout = a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings
      • masonry = structure built of stone or brick by a mason
      • memorial / monument = a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
      • mound / hill = structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones
      • impedimenta / obstruction / impediment / obstructer / obstructor = any structure that makes progress difficult
      • partition / divider = a vertical structure that divides or separates
      • weapons platform / platform = any military structure or vehicle bearing weapons
      • porch = a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance
      • post and lintel = a structure consisting of vertical beams (posts) supporting a horizontal beam
      • prefab = a prefabricated structure
      • projection = any structure that branches out from a central support
      • public works = structures (such as highways or schools or bridges or docks) constructed at government expense for public use
      • sail = any structure that resembles a sail
      • set-back / offset / setoff = structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly
      • shelter = a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
      • shoebox = a structure resembling a shoebox
      • signboard / sign = structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted
      • sports stadium / stadium / arena / bowl = a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
      • superstructure = structure consisting of the part of a ship above the main deck
      • supporting structure = a structure that serves to support something
      • tower = a structure taller than its diameter
      • transept = structure forming the transverse part of a cruciform church
      • trestlework = a supporting structure composed of a system of connected trestles
      • vaulting = a vaulted structure
      • shipway / slipway / ways = structure consisting of a sloping way down to the water from the place where ships are built or repaired
      • wellhead = a structure built over a well
      • wind tunnel = a structure resembling a tunnel where air is blown at known velocities for testing parts of aircraft
      • honeycomb = a structure of small hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by bees and used to store honey and larvae
      • counterbalance / equilibrium / equipoise / balance = equality of distribution
    • parts:
  2. the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts
  3. the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations
  4. a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing and its construction and arrangement
    • example: he has good bone structure
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of structure: anatomical structure / bodily structure / body structure / complex body part
    • more generic term: body part = any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
    • more specific terms:
      • layer = thin structure composed of a single thickness of cells
      • apodeme = ridge-like ingrowth of the exoskeleton of an arthropod that supports internal organs and provides attachment points for muscles
      • caliculus / calyculus / calycle = a small cup-shaped structure
      • tooth = toothlike structure in invertebrates found in the mouth or alimentary canal or on a shell
      • pad = the fleshy cushion-like underside of an animal's foot or of a human's finger
      • branchial cleft / gill cleft / gill slit = one of a series of slit openings in the pharynxes of fishes and aquatic amphibians through which water passes
      • branchial arch / gill arch / gill bar = one of the bony or cartilaginous arches on each side of the pharynx that support the gills of fishes and aquatic amphibians
      • peristome = region around the mouth in various invertebrates
      • syrinx = the vocal organ of a bird
      • bulb = a rounded dilation or expansion in a canal or vessel or organ
      • carina = any of various keel-shaped structures or ridges such as that on the breastbone of a bird or that formed by the fused petals of a pea blossom
      • cauda = any taillike structure
      • decussation / chiasma / chiasm = an intersection or crossing of two tracts in the form of the letter X
      • cingulum = an encircling structure
      • concha = a structure that resembles a shell in shape
      • filament / filum = a threadlike structure
      • germ = a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism
      • infundibulum = any of various funnel-shaped parts of the body
      • interstice = a small structural space between tissues or parts of an organ
      • landmark = an anatomical structure used as a point of origin in locating other anatomical structures (as in surgery) or as point from which measurements can be taken
      • limbus = a border or edge of any of various body parts distinguished by color or structure
      • rib = a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant
      • blade = a broad flat body part
      • radicle = a small structure resembling a rootlet
      • plexus / rete = a network of intersecting blood vessels or intersecting nerves or intersecting lymph vessels
      • tube-shaped structure / tube = any hollow cylindrical body structure
      • passageway / passage = a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass
      • fundus = the base of a hollow organ or that part of the organ farthest from its opening
      • funiculus = any of several body structure resembling a cord
      • head = that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves
      • bodily cavity / cavity / cavum = a natural hollow or sinus within the body
      • root = the embedded part of a bodily structure such as a tooth, nail, or hair
      • capsule = a structure that encloses a body part
      • uvea = the part of the eye that contains the iris and ciliary body and choroid
      • lens nucleus / nucleus = the central structure of the lens that is surrounded by the cortex
      • membranous labyrinth = the sensory structures of the inner ear including the labyrinthine receptors and the cochlea
      • osseous labyrinth / bony labyrinth = cavity in the petrous part of the temporal bone that contains the membranous labyrinth
      • glans = a small rounded structure
      • alveolar bed = lung tissue densely packed with alveoli
      • valve = a structure in a hollow organ (like the heart) with a flap to insure one-way flow of fluid through it
      • vascular structure = a structure composed of or provided with blood vessels
      • lacrimal apparatus = the structures that secrete and drain tears from the eye
      • cytoskeleton = a microscopic network of actin filaments and microtubules in the cytoplasm of many living cells that gives the cell shape and coherence
      • nucleolar organiser / nucleolar organizer / nucleolus organiser / nucleolus organizer = the particular part of a chromosome that is associated with a nucleolus after nuclear division
      • kinetochore / centromere = a specialized condensed region of each chromosome that appears during mitosis where the chromatids are held together to form an X shape
      • aster = star-shaped structure formed in the cytoplasm of a cell having fibers like rays that surround the centrosome during mitosis
      • neural structure = a structure that is part of the nervous system
      • plica / fold = a folded part
      • convolution / gyrus = a convex fold or elevation in the surface of the brain
      • cartilaginous structure = body structure given shape by cartilage
      • ball = a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass
      • plate = any flat platelike body structure or part
      • horny structure / unguis = any rigid body structure composed primarily of keratin
      • skeletal structure = any structure created by the skeleton of an organism
      • costa = a riblike part of a plant or animal
      • head = the rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint
      • bridge = the hard ridge that forms the upper part of the nose
      • rotator cuff = a supporting structure of the shoulder consisting of the muscles and tendons that attach the arm to the shoulder joint and enable the arm to move
      • cornu = any structure that resembles a horn in shape
      • corona = any structure that resembles a crown in shape
      • receptor = a cellular structure that is postulated to exist in order to mediate between a chemical agent that acts on nervous tissue and the physiological response
      • zona / zone = any encircling or beltlike structure
  5. the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships
    • example: sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of structure: social organisation / social organization / social structure / social system
    • more generic words: scheme / system = a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole
    • more specific terms:
      • feudal system / feudalism = the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century
      • patriarchate / patriarchy = a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
      • matriarchate / matriarchy = a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line
      • meritocracy = a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects
      • pluralism = a social organization in which diversity of racial or religious or ethnic or cultural groups is tolerated
      • class structure = the organization of classes within a society
      • segregation / separatism = a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups
    • member of: society = an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization
    • member: form of government / political system = the members of a social organization who are in power

Alternative definition of the noun structure


  1. A cohesive whole built up of distinct parts.
  2. The underlying shape of a solid.
  3. The overall form or organization of something.
  4. A set of rules defining behaviour.
  5. [context: computing] Several pieces of data treated as a unit.
  6. [context: fishing, uncountable] Underwater terrain or objects (such as a dead tree or a submerged car) that tend to attract fish
  7. A body, such as a political party, with a cohesive purpose or outlook.
  8. [context: logic] A set along with a collection of finitary functions and relations.

Definition of the verb structure

What does structure mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: structured | structuring | structures

  1. give a structure to
    • example: I need to structure my days
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: coordinate / organise / organize = bring order and organization to
    • more specific words: reconstitute / restructure = construct or form anew or provide with a new structure


Structure is a musical group.

  • album: "Fraîcheur garantie"


  1. "Structure" is a musical album of Terri Lyne Carrington, Jimmy Haslip, Adam Rogers & Greg Osby.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  2. "Structure" is a musical EP of Code Industry.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  3. "Structure" is a musical album of Microprocessor.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  4. "Structure" is a musical album of Black Jazz Consortium.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  5. "Structure" is a musical single of Reese & Santonio.
    • released in (27 years ago)
  6. "Structure" is a musical album of Hopeful.
  7. "Structure" is a musical album of Tone.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  8. "Structure" is a musical EP of Beltaine.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  9. "Structure" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  10. "Structure" is a musical album of Landscape Body Machine.
  11. "structure" is a composition.
  12. "Structure" is a composition.
  13. "Structure" is a composition.




Structure is a record label.


  1. Structure is a fundamental, tangible or intangible notion referring to the recognition, observation, nature, and permanence of patterns and relationships of entities. This notion may itself be an object, such as a built structure, or an attribute, such as the structure of society. From a child's verbal description of a snowflake, to the detailed scientific analysis of the properties of magnetic fields, the concept of structure is now often an essential foundation of nearly every mode of inquiry and discovery in science, philosophy, and art. In early 20th-century and earlier thought, form often plays a role comparable to that of structure in contemporary thought. The neo-Kantianism of Ernst Cassirer is sometimes regarded as a precursor of the later shift to structuralism and poststructuralism.
  2. Structure: In universal algebra and in model theory, a structure consists of a set along with a collection of finitary operations, and relations that are defined on it.
    • also known as 结构
  3. Structure is a peer-reviewed scientific journal founded by Wayne Hendrickson, Carl-Ivar Brändén and Alan R. Fersht in September 1993. It focuses on structural biology, studies of macromolecular structure and related issues.
  4. Structure: In mathematics, progress often consists of recognising the same structure in different contexts - so that one method exploiting it has multiple applications. In fact this is a normal way of proceeding; in the absence of recognisable structure problems tend to fall into the combinatorics classification of matters requiring special arguments.

Phrases with Structure

  1. body structure
  2. Bone Structure
  3. data structure
  4. fine structure
  5. Play Structure
  6. word structure
  7. class structure
  8. horny structure
  9. plant structure
  10. power structure
  11. sound structure
  12. bodily structure
  13. Metric Structure
  14. neural structure
  15. phrase structure
  16. social structure
  17. organic structure
  18. Primary structure
  19. Chemical structure
  20. dramatic structure

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Structure

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Google previewManual of Specialised Lexicography (1995)

The preparation of specialised dictionaries by Henning Bergenholtz, Sven Tarp

Distribution structure is the structure of the linguistic and encyclopedic information which occurs in different places in the...

Google previewEntrepreneurship

Functional Structure is an organizational structure in which positions are grouped into departments based on skills,

Tall Structure is a management structure characterized by an overall narrow .. ,. span of management and a relatively large ...

Google previewCentral and Southern Florida Project, Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoirs (2006)

Environmental Impact Statement

Gated Culverts S-60l Gated Culvert Structure The structure is the outlet for Cell 1 into the North New River Canal and is located near the southeastern corner of Cell 1 just north of the G-370 pump station. S-601 is a two barreled, gated ...

Google previewTietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics (2012)

by Carl A. Burtis, Edward R. Ashwood, David E. Bruns

Secondary structure is the restriction of the peptide backbone by hydrogen bonds between different peptide bonds. Elements of...

Google previewInternal and External Aspects of Corporate Governance (2009)

by Ahmed Naciri

One of the main criticisms made to the committees' structure is that it actually acts instead...

The third concern about the committees' structure is the imprecision that may characterize the nature of the ...

Google previewPlasma Astrophysics (2002)

by Toshiki Tajima, Kazunari Shibata

The largest object having such a structure is a cluster of galaxies. A giant elliptical galaxy,

Google previewTechnology for Education and Learning (2012)

by Honghua Tan

Corporate capital structure is a major factor which influences corporate governance structure.

Capital structure refers to the component proportion ratio of all capital in the company's...

Capital structure is the essence and core of corporate governance structure; it affects corporate value from the capital costs, risks and ...

Google previewBiochemistry for Sport and Exercise Metabolism (2011)

by Donald MacLaren, James Morton

The primary structure refers to the linear sequence of amino acids in the polypeptide chain. • The secondary structure refers to the repeated twisting and folding of neighbouring amino acids in conformations such as alpha helix and the β ...

Google previewStructural, Syntactic, and Statistical Pattern Recognition (2008)

Joint IAPR International Workshop, SSPR & SPR 2008, Orlando, USA, December 4-6, 2008. Proceedings by Niels da Vitoria Lobo, Takis Kasparis, Michael Georgiopoulos

Structure Is a Visual Class Invariant Bai Xiao, Yi-Zhe Song, Anupriya Balika, and Peter M. Hall Computer Science Department, University of Bath, U.K. Abstract. The problem of learning the class identity of visual objects has received ...

Google previewRethinking The Fifth Discipline (1999)

Learning Within the Unknowable by Robert L. Flood

Structure refers to organisational functions and various forms of coordination, communication and control. A structure is a set of rules and procedures that organise management support around operational activities and within the operational activities themselves. It is, in...

Google previewMechanics of Materials (2005)

A Modern Integration of Mechanics and Materials in Structural Design by Christopher Jenkins, Sanjeev Khanna

A structure is any physical body that must carry loads (usually other than its own weight), and hence develops stresses and strains. The primary engineering disciplines that design structures are aerospace, civil, and mechanical engineering.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (1991)

Volume 8 - Geographic Information System to Hypertext by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

PHYSICAL DATA STRUCTURE Various systems are based on different data structures. Many practical GIS systems use vector data structure. Samet [14] described a quad tree-based graphical information system which appears to be very ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Materials Science (2002)

Structure and Characterization of Polycrystalline Materials by Vladimir Novikov

Structure and Characterization of Polycrystalline Materials Vladimir Novikov...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Novel (2014)

KATHERINE SAUNDERS NASH Narrative structure is the set of relations among the constituent parts of a narrative, as well as between those parts and the narrative as a whole. Narrative structure has proven a vital if elusive object of study for ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Language Development (2014)

by Patricia J. Brooks, Vera Kempe

Argument structure ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics (2013)

by R.L. Trask

deep structure /dirp/ n. In most versions of Transformational Grammar, that representation of ...

Google previewA Derrida Dictionary (2008)

by Niall Lucy

Writing, then, as a name for what might be called representation 'al, conditions the structure of the opposition between speech and This is to say that writing structures that opposition. But it also tures it at the same time, because writing comes ...

Google previewWiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, 2 Volume Set (2011)

by Bernard Wood

stromatolite A laminated sedimentary structure formed by the activity of a bacterial and blue-green algal community. The community mediates the precipitation of calcite and this calcite, together with additional trapped sedimentary ...

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Usage statistics about structure

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun structure:

spoken English31.79%written English68.21% conversational speech2.65%task-oriented speech97.35% imaginative writing6.72%informational writing93.28%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun structure:


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Quotes about Structure

The danger is not so much in the economic structure of a society but in its intellectual structure. (Philip Kaufman)
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Scrabble value of S1T1R1U1C3T1U1R1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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