Structure vs Framework - What's the difference?

structure | framework |

As nouns the difference between structure and framework

is that structure is a cohesive whole built up of distinct parts while framework is (literally)   the arrangement of support beams that represent a building's general shape and size.

As a verb structure

is to give structure to; to arrange.



(en noun)
  • A cohesive whole built up of distinct parts.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=1 citation , passage=The original family who had begun to build a palace to rival Nonesuch had died out before they had put up little more than the gateway, so that the actual structure which had come down to posterity retained the secret magic of a promise rather than the overpowering splendour of a great architectural achievement.}}
    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.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author= , title=Pixels or Perish , volume=100, issue=2, page=106 , magazine= citation , passage=Drawings and pictures are more than mere ornaments in scientific discourse. Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure , astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story.}}
    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.
  • (computing)  Several pieces of data treated as a unit.
  • This structure contains both date and timezone information.
  • (fishing, uncountable)  Underwater terrain or objects (such as a dead tree or a submerged car) that tend to attract fish
  • There's lots of structure to be fished along the west shore of the lake; the impoundment submerged a town there when it was built.
  • A body, such as a political party, with a cohesive purpose or outlook.
  • The South African leader went off to consult with the structures .
  • (logic)  A set along with a collection of finitary functions and relations.
  • Synonyms

    * (cohesive whole built up of distinct parts) formation * (underlying shape of a solid) formation * (overall form or organization of something) makeup, configuration

    Derived terms

    * antistructure


  • To give structure to; to arrange.
  • I'm trying to structure my time better so I'm not always late.
    I've structured the deal to limit the amount of money we can lose.



    (en noun)
  • (literally)   The arrangement of support beams that represent a building's general shape and size.
  • (figuratively)   The larger branches of a tree that determine its shape.
  • (figuratively, especially in, computing)   A basic conceptual structure.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
  • , author=John T. Jost , title=Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)? , volume=100, issue=2, page=162 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record. With this biological framework in place, Corning endeavors to show that the capitalist system as currently practiced in the United States and elsewhere is manifestly unfair.}}
    These ‘three principles of connexion’ comprise the framework of principles in Hume's account of the association of ideas.
  • (literally)   The identification and categorisation of processes or steps that constitute a complex task or mindset in order to render explicit the tacit and implicit.
  • Derived terms

    * architectural framework * framework agreement * software framework