structure
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin structura, from structus, past participle of struere to heap up, build — more at strew Date: 15th century 1. the action of building ; construction 2. a. something (as a building) that is constructed b. something arranged in a definite pattern of organization <
a rigid totalitarian structure — J. L. Hess
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leaves and other plant structures
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3. manner of construction ; makeup <
Gothic in structure
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4. a. the arrangement of particles or parts in a substance or body <
soil structure
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molecular structure
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b. organization of parts as dominated by the general character of the whole <
economic structure
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personality structure
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c. coherent form or organization <
tried to give some structure to the children's lives
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5. the aggregate of elements of an entity in their relationships to each other <
the structure of a language
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structureless adjectivestructurelessness noun II. transitive verb (structured; structuring) Date: circa 1693 1. to form into or according to a structure 2. construct

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