(?), n. [L. structura, from struere, structum, to arrange, build, construct; perhaps akin to E. strew: cf. F. structure. Cf. Construe, Destroy, Instrument, Obstruct.] 1. The act of building; the practice of erecting buildings; construction. [R.]
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His son builds on, and never is content
Till the last farthing is in structure spent.
J. Dryden, Jr.
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2. Manner of building; form; make; construction.
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Want of insight into the structure and constitution of the terraqueous globe.
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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.
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It [basalt] has often a prismatic structure.
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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.
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5. That which is built; a building; esp., a building of some size or magnificence; an edifice.
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There stands a structure of majestic frame.
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Columnar structure. See under Columnar.
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