structural

adjective struc·tur·al \ ˈstrək-chə-rəl , ˈstrək-shrəl \

Definition of structural

1 :of or relating to the physical makeup of a plant or animal body
  • structural defects of the heart
2 a :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

structurally

adverb

Examples of structural in a Sentence

  1. The house suffered no structural damage.

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First Known Use of structural

1801

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STRUCTURAL Defined for English Language Learners

structural

adjective

Definition of structural for English Language Learners

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


STRUCTURAL Defined for Kids

structural

adjective struc·tur·al \ ˈstrək-chə-rəl \

Definition of structural for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

structural

adjective struc·tur·al \ ˈstrək-chə-rəl, ˈstrək-shrəl \

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 1a
2 :of, relating to, or affecting structure
  • structural stability

structurally

play \\ adverb


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