structure has definitions from the fields of zoology,sociology
[ 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"

Used in print

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

`` Designs , plans and furnishes interiors of houses , commercial and institutional structures , hotels , clubs , ships , theaters , as_well_as set_decorations for motion_picture arts and television .

(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

Will advances in human sciences help us build social_structures and governments which will enable us to cope_with people as_effectively_as the primitive combination of protein and nucleic_acid built a structure of molecules which enabled it to adapt to a sea of molecular interaction ?

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

Since the absorption of radio_waves in rocklike material varies with wave_length , it should be possible to sample the temperature variation at different depths beneath the surface and possibly detect changes in the structure or composition of the lunar surface material .

(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

However , the conversion from mass to size is unreliable , since many photographic meteors give evidence of a fluffy , loosely bound meteorite structure with densities as low as * * f .

(B. J. D. Meeuse, The Story of Pollination....)

The nest itself , the structure that in some cases housed about 2000 individuals when the season was at its peak , is now rapidly destroyed by the scavenging larvae of certain beetles and moths .

[ 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"

Used in print

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

The element of public danger which enters so largely into architectural certification , however , would demand a prolonged study of structure .

(James A. Ibers et al., "Proton magnetic resonance...)

It is important to consider and experimentally verify this influence since quantitative nuclear_resonance is becoming increasingly used in investigations of structure .

**f appeared to be well suited for the study of these matters , since it is a normal paramagnet , with three unpaired electrons on the chromium , its crystal structure is very simple , and the unknown position of the hydrogen in the strong **f bond provides structural interest .

Douglass has studied the crystal structure of **f by x-ray_diffraction .

He finds the structure contains an **f bond with the **f distance of **f .

[ noun ] the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations


"his lectures have no structure"

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

We simply find ourselves in the position of having no means for inquiring into the structure and meaning of this range of our experience .

There is no framework or structure of thought with_respect_to which we can organize it and no part of reality , as we know and apprehend it , with_respect_to which we can refer this experience .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

Most countries in this second category share the difficulty of having many of the structures of a modern political and social_system without the modern standards of performance required to make them effective .

[ noun ] (zoology) a particular complex anatomical structure


"he has good bone structure"

Used in print

(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)

moreover , diffuses through structures in much the same manner as a gas .

(J. W. C. Hagstrom et al., "Debilitating muscular...)

The nuclei of these fibers , as is shown in Figures 3 and 4 , showed remarkable proliferation and were closely approximated , forming a chain like structure at either the center or the periphery of the fiber .

(E. Gellhorn, "Prolegomena to a theory of the emotions"...)

A state of parasympathetic `` tuning '' of the hypothalamus induced experimentally causes not_only an increase in the parasympathetic reactivity this structure to direct and reflexly induced stimuli , but leads also to an autonomic reversal : a stimulus acting sympathetically under control_conditions elicits in this state of tuning a parasympathetic response !

[ verb ] give a structure to


"I need to structure my days"

Used in print

(William Gomberg, "Unions and the Anti-Trust Laws"...)

Naturally , enterprises of the size of General_Electric are in a position to structure their prices in_such_a_way that the relatively small competitors can be forced to the wall in a very short_time .

Related terms

organize restructure

[ noun ] (sociology) 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"