What is structure?

  • (noun): The manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts.
    Example: "Artists must study the structure of the human body"; "the structure of the benzene molecule"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Structure

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. 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.

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Some articles on structure:

Watchmen - Art and Composition - Structure
... The cover of each issue serves as the first panel to the story ... Gibbons said, "The cover of the Watchmen is in the real world and looks quite real, but it's starting to turn into a comic book, a portal to another dimension." The covers were designed as close-ups that focused on a single detail with no human elements present ...
Zirconium Tungstate - Cubic Phase
... Since the structure is cubic, as described below, the thermal contraction is isotropic - equal in all directions ... The structure of cubic zirconium tungstate consists of corner-sharing ZrO6 octahedral and WO4 tetrahedral structural units ... the coupled rotation of the polyhedral units that make up the structure, and lead to contraction ...
Book Of Ruth - Structure - Ethical Importance
2 ... Loving-kindness living Boaz and Ruth are models of an altruism for which the word "loving-kindness" has been coined (approximately translating Hebrew hesed) ...
321 Kinematic Structure
321 kinematic structure is a design method for robotic arms (serial manipulators), invented by Donald L ... industrial robots, such as the PUMA, have a kinematic structure that deviates a little bit from the 321 structure ...
Book Of Revelation - Content - Literary Structure
... In terms of literary structure, Revelation consists of four visions, each involving John “seeing” the plan of God unveiled, with an epilogue that concludes the book ... In terms of content, the structure of Revelation is built around four successive groups of seven the messages to the seven churches the seven seals the seven trumpets and the seven bowl judgments ...

More definitions of "structure":

  • (noun): A thing constructed; a complex construction or entity.
    Example: "The structure consisted of a series of arches"
    Synonyms: construction
  • (verb): Give a structure to.
    Example: "I need to structure my days"
  • (noun): The complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations.
    Example: "His lectures have no structure"

Famous quotes containing the word structure:

    A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.
    Guillaume Apollinaire (1880–1918)

    Vashtar: So it’s finished. A structure to house one man and the greatest treasure of all time.
    Senta: And a structure that will last for all time.
    Vashtar: Only history will tell that.
    Senta: Sire, will he not be remembered?
    Vashtar: Yes, he’ll be remembered. The pyramid’ll keep his memory alive. In that he built better than he knew.
    William Faulkner (1897–1962)

    ... the structure of our public morality crashed to earth. Above its grave a tombstone read, “Be tolerant—even of evil.” Logically the next step would be to say to our commonwealth’s criminals, “I disagree that it’s all right to rob and murder, but naturally I respect your opinion.” Tolerance is only complacence when it makes no distinction between right and wrong.
    Sarah Patton Boyle, U.S. civil rights activist and author. The Desegregated Heart, part 2, ch. 2 (1962)