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structure

Definitions

  • Showing central octagonal structure with other areas built around the edges
    Showing central octagonal structure with other areas built around the edges
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v structure give a structure to "I need to structure my days"
    • n structure 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"
    • n structure 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"
    • n structure a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing "he has good bone structure"
    • n structure the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations "his lectures have no structure"
    • n structure 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing columns and the dome above the central octagonal structure Showing columns and the dome above the central octagonal structure
A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned about the time of Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676 A mansion structure or public building dating from the second quarter of the 17th century. Rebuilt once and burned...
Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has three brick fireboxes and a large brick chimney. This structure was probably a brew house, bakery, or distillery Although most Jamestown workshops were probably made of framework and were merely sheds, one brick foundation has...
Structure of a Hexapod Structure of a Hexapod
Structure of a Salivary Gland Structure of a Salivary Gland

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower, also designed the inner structure of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour
    • Structure 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 ."
    • Structure Manner of building; form; make; construction. "Want of insight into the structure and constitution of the terraqueous globe."
    • Structure (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.
    • Structure That which is built; a building; esp., a building of some size or magnificence; an edifice. "There stands a structure of majestic frame."
    • Structure The act of building; the practice of erecting buildings; construction. "His son builds on, and never is content
      Till the last farthing is in structure spent."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world before the construction of the Empire State Building in 1930
    • n structure The act of building or constructing; a building up; edification.
    • n structure That which is built or constructed; an edifice or a building of any kind; in the widest sense, any production or piece of work artificially built up, or composed of parts joined together in some definite manner; any construction.
    • n structure An organic form; the combination of parts in any natural production; an organization of parts or elements.
    • n structure Mode of building, construction, or organization; arrangement of parts, elements, or constituents: form; make: used of both natural and artificial productions.
    • n structure Specifically— In biology, manner or mode of organization; construction and arrangement of tissues, parts, or organs as components of a whole organism; structural or organic morphology; organization: as, animal or vegetable structure; the structure of an animal or a plant; the structure of the brain, of a coral, etc.
    • n structure In geology, various characteristic features, considered collectively, of rocks and of rock-forming minerals, which features differ much in their nature and origin. Stratification, jointing, cleavage, and foliation are among the principal structural peculiarities of rock-masses, which are chiefly to be studied in the field. Some geologists would limit the term structure to petrographic phenomena of this kind, which have been designated as macroscopic rock-structures. The minuter structural details of rocks and their components are in part included under the name structure, and in part under that of texture. Thus, a rock may have a crystalline, granular, spherulitic, perlitic, etc., structure, or a flinty, earthy, glassy, etc., texture. But the usages of geologists differ in the employment of terms of this kind, and there can be no precise limit drawn separating textures from structures. In general, however, the structural peculiarities of a rock are those which specially interest the geologist; the textural belong more properly to the mineralogist. Microstructures, or those details of structure belonging to the constituents of rocks which are in general not to be satisfactorily studied without the aid of the microscope, are peculiarly the field of observation of the lithologist. For macrostructures, see breccia, cleat, cleavage, 3, concretionary, fragmentary, foliation, 6, joint, 2, schist, slate and slaty, and stratification; for microstructures and textures, see amygdaloidal, cryptocrystalline, crystalline, felsophyre, globulite, granitoid, granophyre and granophyric, holocrystalline, massive, 5, microcrystalline, microlith and microlithie, ocellar, pegmatitic, perlitic, porphyritic, scoriaceous, spherulitic, trachytic, vesicular, vitreous, and vitrophyre.
    • structure To form into a structure; organize the parts or elements of in structural form.
    • n structure In chem., the order of attachment of the atoms which constitute the molecule of a substance. It is expressed by a structural or constitutional formula.
    • n structure in petrography, a structure produced in metamorphic rocks by the development of small lenses of granular texture in a micaceous laminated mass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The CN Tower, in Toronto, is the tallest freestanding structure in the world with a height of about 553 metres
    • n Structure struk′tūr manner of building: construction: a building, esp. one of large size: arrangement of parts or of particles in a substance: manner of organisation: an organic form
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “In times of storm, the shallowness of the root structure is revealed.”
  • Guillaume Apollinaire
    Guillaume Apollinaire
    “A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.”
  • Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    “The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.”
  • Martin Oppenheimer
    Martin Oppenheimer
    “Today's city is the most vulnerable social structure ever conceived by man.”
  • Bette Davis
    Bette%20Davis
    “Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone -- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.”
  • Charles Wright
    Charles Wright
    “It's linkage I'm talking about, and harmonies and structures, And all the various things that lock our wrists to the past.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. structura, from struere, structum, to arrange, build, construct; perhaps akin to E. strew,: cf. F. structure,. Cf. Construe Destroy Instrument Obstruct
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. structurastruĕre, structum, to build.

Usage

In literature:

The ground for some distance about the structure (except for two depressions discussed later) is quite flat.
"Casa Grande Ruin" by Cosmos Mindeleff
Upon this structure the regular track and slot rails were placed.
"The New York Subway" by Anonymous
Even when not fruiting the filaments may usually be recognized by peculiar cap-shaped structures at the top of some of the cells.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
The chapter on House Building will give more detailed illustrations of large structures, and how they are framed and braced.
"Carpentry for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
It came slowly from above the maze of distant structures, gathered speed, and in a moment was gone.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
In some cases a combination of these was used in the same structure.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
An upswept arrangement which brought out the bone structure of her face rather well but didn't do much else for her.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
The Russian station-house is the most prominent structure.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Since then the Romans have demolished it, and turned the structure into a lime-kiln.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
The delicacy and perfection of the nest will bear a direct relation to the size of the bird, its structure and habits.
"Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Minor Arrangements and Structures.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Tetrachaetae: applied to those Diptera in which the mouth structures consist of four longitudinal blades or piercing structures.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Why should not Nature have taken a leap from structure to structure?
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Structural details of the preceding 219 118.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
He that looks for structure will find structure; he that studies routes will find routes.
"The Alps" by Martin Conway
It was indeed a large and imposing structure.
"The Forged Note" by Oscar Micheaux
A panelled structure, which is the strongest and best structure, is ignored; hence strong metal bindings are necessary.
"Principles of Decorative Design" by Christopher Dresser
Some are simple like the ameba, others are very complex in structure.
"Being Well-Born" by Michael F. Guyer
The post-office occupied the building until its removal to the structure it now occupies.
"Nooks and Corners of Old New York" by Charles Hemstreet
It will be necessary, therefore, to enter into the microscopical structure and development of the mammalian hair.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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In poetry:

Dear friend, you are only dreaming,
Your castle so stately and fair
Is only a fanciful structure,--
A castle in the air.
"My Castle" by Horatio Alger Jr
America is fighting the cultures of Man
Because it lacks one
And against the civilizations because it needs one
It is a gigantic structure but without a wall
"We Are Accused Of Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani
Upon the Bust of English Worthies, at Stow. Among these chiefs of British race,
Who live in breathing stone,
Why has not Cobham's bust a place?
The structure was his own.
"Epigram IV." by Robert Nugent
To where the sacred fane uprears
Its stately tower—and where appears
The structure fair where learning sheds
Her beams on thousand youthful heads,
To bless and to adorn.
"Epithalamium" by Janet Hamilton
Strong be the structure which their pains upraise,
Believers built on Christ the corner-stone!
Full be their folds, to God's eternal praise,
Rich be the harvest which their hands have sown!
"The Rose Of The Wilderness (Gathered In Crossing A Portage On The River Winnipeg)" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain
"See Fame's gay structure from yon summit charms,
And fires the manly breast to arts or arms;
Nor dread the steep ascent, by which you rise
From grovelling vales to towers which reach the skies.
"The Judgement of Hercules" by William Shenstone

In news:

The old A-frame structure closed its doors Monday night, serving ice cream for the last time.
Structure and benches are designed for ease of building.
Analysis of a Historical Structure by José Antonio Maravall, translated by Terry Cochran University of Minnesota Press, 330 pp.
Known for unimpeachably cool canvas jackets, this nearly 120-year-old British country brand dedicates the same attention to its well-structured messenger: It's built from waxed cotton, trimmed with antiqued brass, and lined with tartan.
Aaron Roberts and Thomas Bailey, the young architects behind room11, teamed up to design a house for Aaron's parents, fixing the structure into the topography of the site.
Only two came in for the mammoth structure designed by I.
One of the largest structures ever built had failed, at a terrible cost in lives.
No structures were burned or threatened.
to screen the chemical structures of more than 1,700 food flavor ingredients for similarities to approved antidepressants, marketed drugs and agents with reported antidepressant activity.
Genesis ballet dances to draw on chakras, structures, power tools.
An old church building is having new life breathed into its aging structure through the hard work of the Rev.
Chicago is justly proud of its bungalows: stout, well-built, handsome structures that were "the first really 'modern' house for the working class".
A new half-percent sales tax levied on downtown purchases is buttressing plans for a gatewaylike welcoming structure near Fourth Street and Broadway, but a project to install downtown wireless service is now up in the air.
Building Permits Any outdoor structure attached to a main house - and often any freestanding structure as well - requires a building permit before construction can begin.
Structural Group operates five diversified companies that offer construction-related services and products, with an emphasis on repairing and strengthening existing structures.
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In science:

By the one to one correspondence between generalized K¨ahler structures and Bihermitian structures with a torsion condition, our deformations of generalized K¨ahler structures {Jβ t, ψt} gives rise to deformations of Bihermitian structures {I + (t), I − (t), ht}.
Poisson structures and generalized Kahler structures
Then from the view point of the Dirac structure, it is shown in [?] that Theorem 1.3 The induced structure JM is integrable and M inherits a generalized complex structure.
Poisson structures and generalized Kahler structures
Definition 2.9. A definably complete structure K is a Baire structure if K is definably Baire as a definable subset of K itself, in the sense of Def. 2.2. A theory T is definably complete and Baire if every model of T is a definably complete Baire structure.
Definably complete and Baire structures and Pfaffian closure
The structure constants for the (contact) symmetry algebra for each of the structures can be read of f from the structure equations for the coframe (or its pullback to the level set h = 0 if h appears explicitly).
Contact Geometry of Hyperbolic Equations of Generic Type
Starting with the structure equations (3.2), (3.4) (and not assuming γ 5 56 = 0) we clarify Vranceanu’s method of isolating all structures admitting maximal symmetry as well as several structures admitting submaximal symmetry.
Contact Geometry of Hyperbolic Equations of Generic Type
Our structural results imply new space-efficient data structures for H -minor free graphs with unique paths, and our approximation algorithms yield more space-efficient data structures for general digraphs with unique paths.
Transitive-Closure Spanners
Furthermore, each element of T has the following property with respect to this structure: the inverse image of each plane in the structure is also in the structure.
Subgroups of free idempotent generated semigroups need not be free
The t-structure of Proposition 3.4 is called the purified standard t-structure, or simply the purified t-structure, on qDb G (X )[w] .
Purity and decomposition theorems for staggered sheaves
An orthogonal structure with structure group K on ξ consists of a bundle ζ → X of Hilbert spaces with structure group K together with a vector bundle map ξ → ζ which is injective on fibres. 1.
How to Construct a Dirac Operator in Infinite Dimensions
Definition 2.18 Let K be a group with a given action on a Hilbert space (not necessarily by isometries). A co-orthogonal structure with structure group K on ξ consists of a bundle ζ → X of Hilbert spaces with structure group K together with a vector bundle map ζ → ξ which is dense on fibres.
How to Construct a Dirac Operator in Infinite Dimensions
In Iglesias and Wade describe generalized contact structures, an odd-dimensional analog to generalized complex structures, using the language of E 1 (M )-Dirac structures.
AV-Courant algebroids and generalized CR structures
Finally, we will introduce a special class of AV -Dirac structures, called generalized CR structures, which allow us to describe any complex, symplectic, CR or contact structure on a manifold, as well as many interpolations of those structures.
AV-Courant algebroids and generalized CR structures
Among numerous interesting examples of generalized CRF structures are normal contact structures and normalized CR structures (namely those CR structures H ⊂ T M ⊗ C for which there is a splitting T M ⊗ C = H ⊕ ¯H ⊕ Qc and [H, Qc ] ⊂ H ⊕ Qc ).
AV-Courant algebroids and generalized CR structures
The analogue for generalized CR structures is to endow V ⊗ A∗ with a nontrivial Lie algebroid structure, which we shall do in a canonical fashion following the corresponding argument given for generalized complex structures in .
AV-Courant algebroids and generalized CR structures
Since the Lie algebroid A and the vector bundle V describe an E 1 (M ) structure, as given in Example 3, it can be checked that V does not admit parallel sections, and thus, in general, P ∈ Γ(V ∗ ⊗ ∧2A) does not describe a Poisson structure, but rather a Jacobi structure.
AV-Courant algebroids and generalized CR structures
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