structural

adjective
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

Other Words from structural

structurally adverb

Examples of structural in a Sentence

The house suffered no structural damage.
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First Known Use of structural

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Structural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/structural. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for structural

structural

adjective
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

structural

adjective
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 structural (audio) \ adverb

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