(noun, verb)


1. a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

- the structure consisted of a series of arches

- she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons

Similar word(s): construction

Definition categories: man–made, artefact, artifact

2. 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

Definition categories: attribute, composition, constitution, makeup

3. the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations

- his lectures have no structure

Definition categories: thought, cognition, knowledge, noesis

4. a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing and its construction and arrangement

- he has good bone structure

Definition categories: body

5. the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships

- sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family

Definition categories: group, scheme, system

Sentences with structure as a noun:

- The birds had built an amazing structure out of sticks and various discarded items.

- He studied the structure of her face.

- The structure of a sentence.

- The structure of the society was still a mystery.

- For some, the structure of school life was oppressive.

- This structure contains both date and timezone information.

- 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.

- The South African leader went off to consult with the structures.


1. give a structure to

- I need to structure my days

Definition categories: change, coordinate, organise, organize

Sentences with structure as a verb:

- 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.