stru-, struct-, -structure, -struction, -structive
(Latin: to build, to build up; to pile; to construct; to place together, to arrange)
"He was diagnosed as being rebellious, aggressive, and at times self-destructive."
2. Concerned with the systematic structure or aspects of a particular field of study.
3. The organization of people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships.
4. Referring to or relating to the structure and deformation of rocks and other features of the earth's crust.
Its scope of study is vast, ranging from submicroscopic lattice defects in crystals to fault structures and fold systems of the earth’s crust.
Methods of structural geology
Small-scale structural features may be studied using the same general techniques that are employed in petrology, in which sections of rock mounted on glass slides are ground very thin and are then examined with polarizing microscopes.
On a larger scale, the techniques of field geology are used which include plotting the orientation of such structural features as faults, joints, cleavage, and small folds.
In most cases, the objective is to interpret the structure beneath the surface by using information available at the surface.
Where mountains, continents, ocean basins, and other large-scale features are involved, the methods employed are chiefly those of geophysics and include the use of seismological, magnetic, and gravitational techniques.
2. Referring to the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of a complex whole: "Several changes in the business were structurally required if it had any chance of surviving."
3. Used in or necessary to a building; such as, structural beams: "The structurally stronger beams were an important part of the renovation of the old building."
2. The way in which the parts of something are organized or arranged into a whole or the way in which the different parts of something link or work together, or the fact of being linked together.
3. A reference to the way the parts of a work of literature or art are organized.
4. An organization or system which is made up of many interrelated parts that work together or function as a whole.
2. Something which has been organized in a clear way that lets people see the relationship between the parts: "The university course consisted of a series of structured lessons."
3. Shaped in a definite form, or pattern; such as, a part of the body, including the heart, a bone, a gland, a cell, or a limb.
4. Related to a method of computer programming in which each step of the solution to a problem has been contained in a separate subprogram.
2. Descriptive of the lowest or underlying support of a construction: "The bridge's substructural parts have rusted and been damaged; so, it has been closed to traffic."
2. The earth bank or bed supporting railroad tracks.
3. Any underlying structure or formation of arranged parts that supports or gives strength to something.
2. Descriptive of the overlying framework or features of an organization, an institution, or a system, which is built or superimposed on a more fundamental base.
3. Referring to that part of a bridge which rests on piers and abutments.
2. A descriptive term for physical or conceptual structures extended or developed from basic forms.
3. Related to the parts of a ship's structure that is above the main deck.
2. Any structure built on something else.
3. The overlying framework or features of an organization, institution, or system, built or superimposed on a more fundamental base.
4. Any constructions built above the main deck of a vessel as an upward continuation of the sides; a deckhouse.
5. The part of a bridge that rests on the piers and abutments.
6. Anything based on or rising from some foundation or basis; a complex ideological superstructure based on two hypotheses.
7. Physical or conceptual structures extended or developed from basic forms.
2. A group of technologists or technical experts that controls the workings of an industry or a government.