structural

adjective

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

The house suffered no structural damage.
Recent Examples on the Web During his election campaign, in a bid to attract young male voters, President Yoon Suk Yeol said structural sexism no longer exists in South Korea and pledged to abolish the ministry for gender equality. Se Eun Gong, NPR, 10 Apr. 2024 The rivet wine box bag, with its structural nature and sheer amount of storage space, feels tough enough to withstand a long day in L.A. and is lightweight enough to not drag you down. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 The exploration data collected to-date indicates that previous historical open pit heap leaching operations did not advance their plans to develop attractive, wide, shallow gold-silver mineralization hosted in major structural zones in the Bisbee Group sediments west of the Contention Pit. Kansas City Star, 10 Apr. 2024 On the other hand, the structural bias of the U.S. film industry has produced a dearth of Vietnamese movie stars. Alison Herman, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 The structural presentation was exactly the same for both, but Danny’s green dish with scallop mousse and zucchini played with mild flavors while Rasika’s red take with daal quenelle, pickled beets and rasma sauce — an homage to her Tamil heritage — carried balanced depth and spice. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 10 Apr. 2024 But in a news release Monday, the Ile-de-France precinct said key structural works in its cleanup plan were yet to be put into place, including the massive new Austerlitz storm water storage basin. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 Sam wore a simple form-fitting black dress that had structural details with black peep-toe sandals. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Engineers can also design products with less structural material such as plastic, which would also reduce waste. Cosmas Luckyson Zavazava, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of structural was in 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Structural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/structural. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

structural

adjective
struc·​tur·​al ˈstrək-chə-rəl How to pronounce structural (audio)
ˈstrək-shrəl
1
: of, relating to, or affecting structure
structural weaknesses
2
: used or formed for use in construction
structural steel
structurally
adverb

Medical Definition

structural

adjective
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
structurally adverb

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