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structural

[struhk-cher-uh l] /ˈstrʌk tʃər əl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to structure; pertaining or essential to a structure.
2.
Biology. pertaining to organic structure; morphological.
3.
Geology. of or pertaining to geological structure, as of rock or strata.
4.
Chemistry. pertaining to or showing the arrangement or mode of attachment of the atoms that constitute a molecule of a substance.
5.
resulting from or pertaining to political or economic structure.
6.
of, pertaining to, or based on the assumption that the elements of a field of study are naturally arranged in a systematic structure:
structural grammar.
noun
7.
Building Trades.
  1. a part of a structure that carries a load.
  2. the structural member used for such a part.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; structure + -al1
Related forms
structurally, adverb
nonstructural, adjective
nonstructurally, adverb
unstructural, adjective
unstructurally, adverb
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Examples from the web for structural
  • We can explain the structural and functional aspects of the universe through some fundamental laws.
  • The condo owners consulted with a structural engineer before placing the troughs on the roof.
  • And now that roof is rotting, threatening the structural integrity of the building.
  • His work is never embellished with ornament: every ornament is structural and belongs to the building.
  • The structural defects were equalled by the deficiencies in the commonest objects of hospital use.
  • The dough, perhaps by structural necessity, nears cardboard heavy.
  • Even more striking than the structural breakdown is the growing radicalization of the population.
  • structural settings turned out to be newspapers on this trip, where he talked and listened to writers and editors.
  • They bespeak an audacious will to keep structural schemes and their execution mutually independent.
  • Most were in good structural shape, even those which had floated away.
British Dictionary definitions for structural

structural

/ˈstrʌktʃərəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or having structure or a structure
2.
of, relating to, or forming part of the structure of a building
3.
of or relating to the structure and deformation of rocks and other features of the earth's crust
4.
of or relating to the structure of organisms; morphological
5.
(chem) of, concerned with, caused by, or involving the arrangement of atoms in molecules
Derived Forms
structurally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for structural
adj.

1835, from structure + -al (1). Related: Structurally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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