struc·ture /ˈstrəkʧɚ/ 名詞
1. The act of building; the practice of erecting buildings; construction. [R.]
His son builds on, and never is content
Till the last farthing is in structure spent. --J. Dryden, Jr.
2. Manner of building; form; make; construction.
Want of insight into the structure and constitution of the terraqueous globe. --Woodward.
3. Arrangement of parts, of organs, or of constituent particles, in a substance or body; as, the structure of a rock or a mineral; the structure of a sentence.
It [basalt] has often a prismatic structure. --Dana.
4. Biol. Manner of organization; the arrangement of the different tissues or parts of animal and vegetable organisms; as, organic structure, or the structure of animals and plants; cellular structure.
5. That which is built; a building; esp., a building of some size or magnificence; an edifice.
There stands a structure of majestic frame. --Pope.
Columnar structure. See under Columnar.
n 1: 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" [syn: construction]
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"
3: the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their
combinations; "his lectures have no structure"
4: a particular complex anatomical structure; "he has good bone
structure" [syn: anatomical structure, complex body
part, bodily structure, body structure]
5: 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" [syn: social organization, social organisation,
social structure, social system]
v : give a structure to; "I need to structure my days"