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structūra , ae, f. struo,
I.a fitting together, adaptation, adjustment.
I. Lit.
A. In gen. (post-Aug. and very rare): “ossa in manu oblonga omnia et triangula, structurā quādam inter se conectuntur,Cels. 8, 1 med.: “membranarum,Plin. 13, 19, 34, § 112: “togae,Macr. S. 2, 9.—
B. In partic., an architectural fitting together, a building or erecting.
1. In abstr. (class.): parietum, the mode of building, construction, * Caes. B. C. 2, 9; cf.: “structurae antiquae genus,Liv. 21, 11; and: “reticulata structura,Plin. 36, 22, 51, § 172: “(silex) globosus sed structurae infidelis,for building, id. 36, 22, 49, § 169: “in structurā saxorum rudium,Quint. 9, 4, 27.—Plur.: “in structuris lapidum impolitorum,Quint. 8, 6, 63.—
2. In concr., a building, erection, edifice, structure, Front. Aquaed. 123; Vitr. 5, 12: “subterraneae,Plin. 36, 22, 50, § 170: “aerariae structurae,” i. e. mining works, mines, Caes. B. G. 3, 21 fin. (al. structuraeque).—
II. Trop., of language, an arrangement, order, structure (in Cic. only as a figure of speech, with quasi or quaedam; “later in gen.): verborum quasi structura,Cic. Brut. 8, 33: “quasi structura quaedam,id. Or. 44, 149: “et verborum est structura quaedam,id. Opt. Gen. 2, 5: “proprietates verborum exigit, et structuram et argumentationes,Sen. Ep. 89, 9: “mei carminis,Ov. P. 4, 13, 4; Quint. 1, 10, 23; 8, 5, 27; 8, 6, 67; 9, 4, 45; Tac. Or. 22 fin.
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