structure - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the way in which the parts of something are organized or arranged into a whole

    a sales organization with a pyramidal structure

    the structure of DNA

    Chapter 10 discusses the changing structure of agriculture in this country.

    She has very little structure in her life.

    1. a.
      used about the way that the parts of a work of literature or art are organized

      the structure of a novel

  2. 2
    [countable] an organization or system that is made up of many parts that work together

    The company needs to reorganize its management structure.

    a social/power/class structure

  3. 3
    [countable] something large such as a building or a bridge that is built from different parts