struc·​tur·​al | \ ˈstrək-chə-rəl How to pronounce structural (audio) , ˈstrək-shrəl \

Definition of structural

1 : of or relating to the physical makeup of a plant or animal body structural defects of the heart
2a : of, relating to, or affecting structure structural stability
b : used in building structures structural clay
c : involved in or caused by structure especially of the economy structural unemployment
3 : of, relating to, or resulting from the effects of folding or faulting of the earth's crust : tectonic
4 : concerned with or relating to structure rather than history or comparison structural linguistics

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Other Words from structural

structurally adverb

Examples of structural in a Sentence

The house suffered no structural damage.
Recent Examples on the Web Horn has structural advantages — her Republican challenger won’t be decided until an Aug. 25 runoff primary election, forcing GOP rivals to spend money on campaigning against each other, rather than her, for another month. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Republicans hang on and hope to surprise in House races," 13 July 2020 The total amount of funds set aside for structural improvements for City Hall according to Finance Director Vern Blaze is $165,000 with another $127,000 in the security fund for upgrades throughout the city. Laura Bednar, cleveland, "Independence looks to provide structural and security updates to City Hall," 11 July 2020 Individuals and teams have studied producing affordable estrogen supplements for people seeking to undergo gender transitions, making furniture or structural materials out of mushroom tissue and using biological material for art projects. Washington Post, "Baltimore’s community lab puts the scientific method in the people’s hands," 11 July 2020 An increasing number of reports have pointed to the pervasive social and structural inequities that are disproportionately burdening racial and ethnic minority groups around the world with the coronavirus’s worst effects., "Study of 17 Million Identifies Crucial Risk Factors for Coronavirus Deaths," 10 July 2020 Biologists observing the spread of invasive Asian carp up the Mississippi River Basin had identified two possible barriers—one structural, one biological—that could keep the nemesis fish from invading the Great Lakes. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Warming Could Lower One Barrier to Invasive Fish Reaching Great Lakes," 8 July 2020 The facility, which previously housed gorillas, needed structural modifications to accommodate chimps, and those were costly and time consuming, Crumpacker says. Greg Kahn, National Geographic, "Sanctuary for retired lab chimps embroiled in dispute over quality of its care," 8 July 2020 Compounding the economic and structural issues, Rudolph’s serpentine plan created secluded niches and stepped elevations that are easily scaled, allowing access to the upper floors. Ashima Krishna, The Conversation, "Should architecturally significant low-income housing be preserved?," 7 July 2020 Beyond the structural violence endemic to policing, police themselves are four times more likely than the average person to be domestic abusers. Isabel Cristo, The New Republic, "Policing Doesn’t Protect Women," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of structural

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Structural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce structural (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of structural

: relating to the way something is built or organized : relating to the structure of something


struc·​tur·​al | \ ˈstrək-chə-rəl How to pronounce structural (audio) \

Kids Definition of structural

: relating to or affecting the way in which something is built structural defects


struc·​tur·​al | \ ˈstrək-chə-rəl, ˈstrək-shrəl How to pronounce structural (audio) \

Medical Definition of structural

1 : of or relating to the physical makeup of a plant or animal body structural defects of the heart — compare functional sense 1a
2 : of, relating to, or affecting structure structural stability

Other Words from structural

structurally \ -​ē How to pronounce structurally (audio) \ adverb

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