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Cenotaph for Newton (1784) by Étienne-Louis Boullée
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Cenotaph for Newton (1784) by Étienne-Louis Boullée

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Theatrum Orbi engraving by Johann Theodor de Bry
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Theatrum Orbi engraving by Johann Theodor de Bry

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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.

Etymology

From French structure, from Latin structura (“a fitting together, adjustment, building, erection, a building, edifice, structure”), from struere, past participle structus (“pile up, arrange, assemble, build”). Compare construct, instruct, destroy, etc.

  1. to place one thing on top of another, to pile up, join together
  2. I compose, construct, build
  3. I ready, prepare, devise, contrive
  4. I place, arrange
  5. to heap up, load with

Also found in infrastructure, obstruction, destruction, instruct, construct

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