in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio) , -(ˌ)trä- \

Definition of intramural

1a : competed only within the student body intramural sports
b : being or occurring within the limits usually of a community, organization, or institution intramural squabbles
2 : situated or occurring within the substance of the walls of an organ

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intramurally \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈmyu̇r-​ə-​lē How to pronounce intramurally (audio) , -​(ˌ)trä-​ \ adverb

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With its Latin prefix intra-, "within" (not to be confused with inter-, "between"), intramural means literally "within the walls". The word is usually used for sports played between teams made up only from students at one campus. Intramural athletics is often the most popular extracurricular activity at a college or university.

Examples of intramural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Accomplishments, like an art showing, securing an internship, joining a fraternity, or having a stellar intramural game, are great opportunities to celebrate from afar. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "19 Care Package Ideas That Will Make Any College Student Feel Loved," 26 June 2020 Nearly two years after voting to remove the name of segregationist Ora Wildermuth from the campus' intramural center, Indiana University president Michael McRobbie announced Friday the building will be renamed after Bill Garrett. The Indianapolis Star, "After removing name of segregationist, IU renames intramural center after Bill Garrett," 12 June 2020 Cameron Anthony Logwood and two other soldiers crashed while traveling to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to compete in an intramural basketball tournament, according to a statement from the Army. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Fort Wainwright soldier died in Parks Highway crash," 10 Feb. 2020 Federal spending legislation signed into law by President Trump last year aimed to curb animal research and directed the agency to provide Congress with a report on efforts to reduce intramural primate experiments. Carlin Becker, Washington Examiner, "NIH releases footage of 'horrific' taxpayer-funded primate experiments after lawsuit," 25 Feb. 2020 The university did previously have a Division II team that dated back at least five decades, as well as intramural golf programs. New York Times, "Stephen Curry to Bankroll Golf’s Return to Howard University," 19 Aug. 2019 Cooper Warner, 23, a Marquette law student from West Des Moines, Iowa, dropped in to the caucus on her way to an intramural soccer game. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Iowa caucuses in Milwaukee: Democrats gather at Marquette University," 3 Feb. 2020 At the same time, NIH issued a separate policy, extending reporting requirements for its grantees and intramural scientists to a broader range of studies, including phase I safety trials, small feasibility studies, and behavioral research. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "NIH extends reporting mandate to more clinical trials, but obscures their policing," 14 Jan. 2020 Female students can compete in intramural sports, such as volleyball and archery, but only against other girls. Emma Green, The Atlantic, "The Christian Withdrawal Experiment," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of intramural

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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“Intramural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of intramural

US : existing or occurring within a particular group or organization (such as a school)


in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio) \

Kids Definition of intramural

: being or occurring within the limits of a school intramural sports


in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ -ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio) \

Medical Definition of intramural

: situated or occurring within the substance of the walls of an organ intramural infarction failure of or delay in intramural myocardial conductionAmerican Journal of Cardiology

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intramurally \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce intramurally (audio) \ adverb

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