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Definition 1: a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where structure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the structure consisted of a series of arches
  • she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons

Synonyms for structure in the sense of this definition

(structure is a kind of ...) a man-made object taken as a whole

(... is a kind of structure ) structures (such as highways or schools or bridges or docks) constructed at government expense for public use

(... is a kind of structure ) any structure that branches out from a central support

(... is a kind of structure ) a prefabricated structure

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure consisting of vertical beams (posts) supporting a horizontal beam (lintel)

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance

(... is a kind of structure ) any military structure or vehicle bearing weapons

(... is a kind of structure ) a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another)

(... is a kind of structure ) any structure that makes progress difficult

(... is a kind of structure ) structure consisting of an artificial heap or bank usually of earth or stones

"they built small mounds to hide behind"

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure erected to commemorate persons or events

(... is a kind of structure ) structure built of stone or brick by a mason

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings

(... is a kind of structure ) structure providing a place where boats can land people or goods

(... is a kind of structure ) a layered structure

(... is a kind of structure ) any structure that resembles a sail

(... is a kind of structure ) structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger

(... is a kind of structure ) equality of distribution

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure of small hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by bees and used to store honey and larvae

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure resembling a tunnel where air is blown at known velocities for testing parts of aircraft

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure built over a well

(... is a kind of structure ) structure consisting of a sloping way down to the water from the place where ships are built or repaired

(... is a kind of structure ) (architecture) a vaulted structure

"arches and vaulting"

(... is a kind of structure ) a supporting structure composed of a system of connected trestles; for a bridge or pier or scaffold e.g.

(... is a kind of structure ) structure forming the transverse part of a cruciform church; crosses the nave at right angles

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure that serves to support something

(... is a kind of structure ) structure consisting of the part of a ship above the main deck

(... is a kind of structure ) a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments

(... is a kind of structure ) structure displaying a board on which advertisements can be posted

"the highway was lined with signboards"

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure resembling a shoebox (as a rectangular building or a cramped room or compartment)

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure of vertical and horizontal rods where children can climb and play

(... is a kind of structure ) the frame or body of ship

(... is a kind of structure ) structures collectively in which people are housed

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure consisting of something wound in a continuous series of loops

"a coil of rope"

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure in which water is collected (especially a natural drainage area)

(... is a kind of structure ) a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

"there was a three-story building on the corner" "it was an imposing edifice"

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.

(... is a kind of structure ) the external structure of a vehicle

"the body of the car was badly rusted"

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure of boards

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure or device in which one end is counterbalanced by the other (on the principle of the seesaw)

(... is a kind of structure ) an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium

(... is a kind of structure ) a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet

(... is a kind of structure ) a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

"the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"

(... is a kind of structure ) (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure composed of a series of arches supported by columns

(... is a kind of structure ) a raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are made

(... is a kind of structure ) structure consisting of a row of evenly spaced columns

(... is a kind of structure ) a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)

(... is a kind of structure ) (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone

(... is a kind of structure ) an unstable construction with playing cards

"he built three levels of his cardcastle before it collapsed"

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure or marking that serves to direct the motion or positioning of something

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale

"what level is the office on?"

(... is a kind of structure ) a horizontal structure that partitions a ship or box (especially one built close to the actual bottom)

(... is a kind of structure ) a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure that has been erected

(... is a kind of structure ) (architecture) the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure where people live or work (usually ordered along a street or road)

"the office next door" "they live two doors up the street from us"

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure used to defend against attack

"the artillery battered down the defenses"

(... is a kind of structure ) any structure that is very unsafe; where people are likely to be killed

(... is a kind of structure ) a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece

(... is a kind of structure ) a large structure at an airport where aircraft can be stored and maintained

(structure is a part of ...) structural member consisting of a horizontal beam that provides bearing and anchorage

(structure is a part of ...) support that is a constituent part of any structure or building

(structure is a part of ...) lowest support of a structure

"it was built on a base of solid rock" "he stood at the foot of the tower"

Definition 2: the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where structure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • artists must study the structure of the human body
  • the structure of the benzene molecule

(structure is a kind of ...) the way in which someone or something is composed

(... is a kind of structure ) the basic structure or features of a system or organization

(... is a kind of structure ) (computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software

"the architecture of a computer's system software"

(... is a kind of structure ) the cellular composition of a bodily structure

(... is a kind of structure ) the underlying structure

"providing a factual framework for future research" "it is part of the fabric of society"

Definition 3: a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing and its construction and arrangement - [noun denoting body]

Samples where structure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has good bone structure

Synonyms for structure in the sense of this definition

(structure is a kind of ...) any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

(... is a kind of structure ) (anatomy) any encircling or beltlike structure

(... is a kind of structure ) a specialized condensed region of each chromosome that appears during mitosis where the chromatids are held together to form an X shape

"the centromere is difficult to sequence"

(... is a kind of structure ) the particular part of a chromosome that is associated with a nucleolus after nuclear division

(... is a kind of structure ) a microscopic network of actin filaments and microtubules in the cytoplasm of many living cells that gives the cell shape and coherence

(... is a kind of structure ) the structures that secrete and drain tears from the eye

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure composed of or provided with blood vessels

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure in a hollow organ (like the heart) with a flap to insure one-way flow of fluid through it

(... is a kind of structure ) lung tissue densely packed with alveoli

(... is a kind of structure ) a small rounded structure; especially that at the end of the penis or clitoris

(... is a kind of structure ) cavity in the petrous part of the temporal bone that contains the membranous labyrinth

(... is a kind of structure ) the sensory structures of the inner ear including the labyrinthine receptors and the cochlea; contained within the bony labyrinth

(... is a kind of structure ) the central structure of the lens that is surrounded by the cortex

(... is a kind of structure ) the part of the eye that contains the iris and ciliary body and choroid

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure that encloses a body part

(... is a kind of structure ) star-shaped structure formed in the cytoplasm of a cell having fibers like rays that surround the centrosome during mitosis

(... is a kind of structure ) a structure that is part of the nervous system

(... is a kind of structure ) a folded part (as in skin or muscle)

(... is a kind of structure ) 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

(... is a kind of structure ) (anatomy) any structure that resembles a crown in shape

(... is a kind of structure ) (anatomy) any structure that resembles a horn in shape

(... is a kind of structure ) 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

(... is a kind of structure ) the hard ridge that forms the upper part of the nose

"her glasses left marks on the bridge of her nose"

(... is a kind of structure ) the rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint

"the head of the humerus"

(... is a kind of structure ) a riblike part of a plant or animal (such as a middle rib of a leaf or a thickened vein of an insect wing)

(... is a kind of structure ) any structure created by the skeleton of an organism

(... is a kind of structure ) any rigid body structure composed primarily of keratin

(... is a kind of structure ) any flat platelike body structure or part

(... is a kind of structure ) a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass

"the ball at the base of the thumb" "he stood on the balls of his feet"

(... is a kind of structure ) body structure given shape by cartilage

(... is a kind of structure ) a convex fold or elevation in the surface of the brain

(... is a kind of structure ) the embedded part of a bodily structure such as a tooth, nail, or hair

(... is a kind of structure ) (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body

(... is a kind of structure ) (anatomy) an encircling structure (as the ridge around the base of a tooth)

(... is a kind of structure ) an intersection or crossing of two tracts in the form of the letter X

(... is a kind of structure ) any taillike structure

(... is a kind of structure ) 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

(... is a kind of structure ) a rounded dilation or expansion in a canal or vessel or organ

(... is a kind of structure ) the vocal organ of a bird

(... is a kind of structure ) region around the mouth in various invertebrates

(... is a kind of structure ) one of the bony or cartilaginous arches on each side of the pharynx that support the gills of fishes and aquatic amphibians

(... is a kind of structure ) one of a series of slit openings in the pharynxes of fishes and aquatic amphibians through which water passes

(... is a kind of structure ) the fleshy cushion-like underside of an animal's foot or of a human's finger

(... is a kind of structure ) toothlike structure in invertebrates found in the mouth or alimentary canal or on a shell

(... is a kind of structure ) a small cup-shaped structure (as a taste bud or optic cup or cavity of a coral containing a polyp)

(... is a kind of structure ) ridge-like ingrowth of the exoskeleton of an arthropod that supports internal organs and provides attachment points for muscles

(... is a kind of structure ) (anatomy) a structure that resembles a shell in shape

(... is a kind of structure ) a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)

(... is a kind of structure ) a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism

(... is a kind of structure ) that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves

(... is a kind of structure ) any of several body structure resembling a cord

(... is a kind of structure ) (anatomy) the base of a hollow organ or that part of the organ farthest from its opening

"the uterine fundus" "the fundus of the stomach"

(... is a kind of structure ) a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass

"the nasal passages"

(... is a kind of structure ) (anatomy) any hollow cylindrical body structure

(... is a kind of structure ) a network of intersecting blood vessels or intersecting nerves or intersecting lymph vessels

(... is a kind of structure ) (anatomy) a small structure resembling a rootlet (such as a fibril of a nerve)

(... is a kind of structure ) a broad flat body part (as of the shoulder or tongue)

(... is a kind of structure ) a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant

(... is a kind of structure ) a border or edge of any of various body parts distinguished by color or structure

(... is a kind of structure ) 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

(... is a kind of structure ) a small structural space between tissues or parts of an organ

"the interstices of a network"

(... is a kind of structure ) any of various funnel-shaped parts of the body (but especially the hypophyseal stalk)

(... is a kind of structure ) thin structure composed of a single thickness of cells

Definition 4: the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where structure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his lectures have no structure

(structure is a kind of ...) the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

(... is a kind of structure ) an organized structure for arranging or classifying

"he changed the arrangement of the topics" "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original" "he tried to understand their system of classification"

(... is a kind of structure ) a perceptual structure

"the composition presents problems for students of musical form" "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"

(... is a kind of structure ) the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences

(... is a kind of structure ) the admissible arrangement of sounds in words

Definition 5: the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships - [noun denoting group]

Samples where structure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the social organization of England and America is very different
  • sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family

Synonyms for structure in the sense of this definition

(structure is a kind of ...) a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole

"a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"

(... is a kind of structure ) a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups

(... is a kind of structure ) the organization of classes within a society

(... is a kind of structure ) a social organization in which diversity of racial or religious or ethnic or cultural groups is tolerated

(... is a kind of structure ) a form of social system in which power goes to those with superior intellects

(... is a kind of structure ) a form of social organization in which a female is the family head and title is traced through the female line

(... is a kind of structure ) a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line

(... is a kind of structure ) the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war

(structure is a member of ...) the members of a social organization who are in power

(... is a member of structure) an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization

Definition 6: give a structure to - [verb of change]

Samples where structure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I need to structure my days

(structure is a kind of ...) bring order and organization to

"Can you help me organize my files?"

(... is a kind of structure ) construct or form anew or provide with a new structure

"After his accident, he had to restructure his life" "The governing board was reconstituted"

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