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See: Physical Structure, Abstract Structure, Data Structure, Syntactic Structure, Semantic Structure, Infrastructure, Superstructure, Biological Structure, Chemical Structure, Object Permanence, Pattern, Megastructure.



  • (Wikipedia, 2014) ⇒ Retrieved:2014-1-12.
    • Structure is a fundamental, tangible or intangible notion referring to the recognition, observation, nature, and permanence of patterns and relationships of entities. This notion may itself be an object, such as a built structure, or an attribute, such as the structure of society. From a child's verbal description of a snowflake, to the detailed scientific analysis of the properties of magnetic fields, the concept of structure is now often an essential foundation of nearly every mode of inquiry and discovery in science, philosophy, and art.[1] In early 20th-century and earlier thought, form often plays a role comparable to that of structure in contemporary thought. The neo-Kantianism of Ernst Cassirer (cf. his Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, completed in 1929 and published in English translation in the 1950s) is sometimes regarded as a precursor of the later shift to structuralism and poststructuralism. [2]

      The description of structure implicitly offers an account of what a system is made of: a configuration of items, a collection of inter-related components or services. A structure may be a hierarchy (a cascade of one-to-many relationships), a network featuring many-to-many links, or a lattice featuring connections between components that are neighbors in space.

  1. Pullan, Wendy (2000). Structure. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-78258-9. 
  2. John Carlos Rowe, "Structure," in Critical Terms for Literary Study, 2nd ed., ed. Frank Lentricchia and Thomas McLaughlin, (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1995), 25.


  • (WordNet, 2009) ⇒
    • S: (n) structure, construction (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"
    • S: (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"
    • S: (n) structure (the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations) "his lectures have no structure"
    • S: (n) structure, anatomical structure, complex body part, bodily structure, body structure (a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing) "he has good bone structure"
    • S: (n) social organization, social organisation, social structure, social system, 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"
    • S: (v) structure (give a structure to) "I need to structure my days"