structure

  

Definition

Construction or framework of identifiable elements (components, entities, factors, members, parts, steps, etc.) which gives form and stability, and resists stresses and strains. Structures have defined boundaries within which (1) each element is physically or functionally connected to the other elements, and (2) the elements themselves and their interrelationships are taken to be either fixed (permanent) or changing only occasionally or slowly. See also infrastructure, superstructure, and system.

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  • The physical structure of the house was sturdy enough to withstand the strong winds of the hurricane while the houses next to it were blown away.

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  • The famous architect wasn't always a hit with the critics, but even his strongest detractors had to admit the new museum was an impressive structure.

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  • I enjoy working for this multi-level marketing company and I have made a lot of sales, but the company�s bonus structure leaves a lot to be desired.

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