From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Structure is a fundamental and sometimes intangible notion covering the recognition, observation, nature, and stability of patterns and relationships of entities. From a child's verbal description of a snowflake, to the detailed scientific analysis of the properties of botany, the concept of structure is an essential foundation of nearly every mode of inquiry and discovery in science, philosophy, and art.
A structure defines what a system is made of. It is a configuration of items. It is a collection of inter-related components or services. The structure may be a hierarchy (a cascade of one-to-many relationships) or a network featuring many-to-many relationships.
- A cohesive whole built up of distinct parts.
- The birds had built an amazing structure out of sticks and various discarded items.
- The underlying shape of a solid.
- He studied the structure of her face.
- The overall form or organization of something.
- The structure of a sentence.
- The structure of the society was still a mystery.
- A set of rules defining behaviour.
- For some, the structure of school life was oppressive.
- A body, such as a political party, with a cohesive purpose or outlook.
- The South African leader went off to consult with the structures.