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.

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There are very real cultural and structural barriers that make life difficult for people who have larger bodies, disabilities, chronic illness, or are members of any oppressed group. Anna Sweeney, SELF, "Making Peace With My Body Meant Saying Goodbye to High Heels," 9 Aug. 2018 The list spans repairing and re-shingling the roof, replacing ornamental and structural woodwork, repairing brick work and gutting the interior, which has been neglected for decades. Rebecca Lurye,, "Despite New Commuter Line, Rail Upgrades Lag North Of Hartford," 12 June 2018 The center’s roughly 35 faculty collaborators — including psychiatrists, engineers, geneticists, and data scientists — are using functional and structural MRI scans to analyze how depression disrupts neural circuits in research subjects’ brains. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Can precision medicine do for depression what it’s done for cancer? It won’t be easy," 9 May 2018 Thankfully the 3,600-square-foot house wasn’t in need of all-consuming structural work—just an aesthetic overhaul to bring the circa-2000 construction in line with Sims’s penchant for traditional design with a preppy spin. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "The Paint Trick That Instantly Makes Your Home Look More Polished," 22 Mar. 2019 Original post: Miley Cyrus stepped onto the red carpet of the 2019 Grammy Awards looking absolutely gorgeous in a structural all black outfit, but something was noticeably missing from her look...her new hubby Liam Hemsworth. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's Why Miley Cyrus Walked the 2019 Grammys Red Carpet Without Husband Liam Hemsworth," 11 Feb. 2019 This kind of tinnitus can also happen due to a tumor or structural abnormality in the brain, according to the NIDCD. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is Tinnitus?," 30 Jan. 2019 Avrame says their homes are more efficient and maintain heat better than traditional A-frames thanks to durable structural insulated panels. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Affordable A-frame house can be built by just two people," 11 Jan. 2019 Against Corruption revealed one case in which a structural engineer approved the designs of three buildings that collapsed, killing dozens of people. Fox News, "Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of structural

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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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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