Definition for STRUC'TURE

STRUC'TURE, n. [Fr. from L. structura, from struo, (for strugo,) to set or lay; It. struttura.]

  1. Act of building; practice of erecting buildings. His son builds on and never is content, / Till the last farthing is in structure spent. – Dryden. [Rarely used.]
  2. Manner of building; form; make; construction; as, the want of insight into the structure and constitution of the terraqueous globe. – Woodward.
  3. Manner of organization of animals and vegetables, &c.
  4. A building of any kind, but chiefly a building of some size or of magnificence; an edifice. The iron bridge over the Seine in Paris, is a beautiful structure. There stands a structure of majestic frame. – Pope.
  5. In mineralogy, the particular arrangement of the integrant particles or molecules of a mineral. – Brongniart.

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