Definition of structural in US English:

structural

adjective

  • 1Relating to or forming part of the structure of a building or other item.

    ‘the blast left ten buildings with major structural damage’
    • ‘The side walls, which in a cruck building have little structural role, are timber-framed.’
    • ‘He just drove into the building, causing structural damage to one of the outer walls.’
    • ‘Most other timber-frame systems here use traditional masonry on top of the structural frame of the building.’
    • ‘The huge fireballs endlessly shown on television that day caused little structural damage, the report says.’
    • ‘The structural system consists of simple precast concrete beams and columns.’
    • ‘We emphasize that redundancy is a virtue, as structural engineers have learned.’
    • ‘In many fishes, it is the only structural element in the oral jaws that moves during jaw opening and closing.’
    • ‘There was little structural damage, but the hurricane downed trees and blew roofs off of some bungalows.’
    • ‘If the logjam, however, is structural in nature, it will be much more difficult to overcome.’
    • ‘The impact of the earthquake itself also caused a lot of structural damage to buildings further inland.’
    • ‘The design utilises a timber frame with steel structural elements.’
    • ‘They also used a picnic table to ram the front door, causing major structural damage to the building.’
    • ‘A study to reveal the overall structural alteration in this mutant is now in progress.’
    • ‘Catechin molecules ordinarily have two structural elements that bend around a pivot point.’
    • ‘We face in this incorporativity an evolution driven by the relation between structural form and elemental composition.’
    • ‘There is a centrally arranged core of structural material in both the lower stem and first-order lateral roots.’
    • ‘Unstable toxic soils below the building called for creative structural solutions.’
    • ‘The program includes new avionics and propulsion and new structural elements including the wings.’
    • ‘Many of these mutants had clear structural abnormalities, for example, different colored eyes.’
    • ‘Each building has a unique structural system, and yet the two are remarkably similar.’
    constructional, organizational, systemic, constitutional, configurational, formational
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    1. 1.1 Relating to the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of a complex whole.
      ‘there have been structural changes in the industry’
      • ‘This is a fundamental structural change in the relationship between the citizen and the State.’
      • ‘She offered detailed formal analysis of structural elements of their work in her correspondence with them.’
      • ‘We read each transcript and coded clauses or sections for structural elements.’
      • ‘In most experiments, these three structural elements unfold within a single step.’
      • ‘But as Hayami maintains, no amount of monetary action can revive the Japanese economy without deep structural reforms.’
      • ‘Connell uses the term gender regime to conceive a structural inventory of gender relations.’
      • ‘I think that structural change has accelerated since that time.’
      • ‘Certainly, this establishes a new element and structural modification to the corps.’
      • ‘Apart from gross structural changes, we could catch intermediate stages in the images.’
      • ‘The idea that coloration might arise from structural elements as opposed to pigments is not new.’
      • ‘First, buildings should be made more robust and designed so the loss of one structural element cannot cause collapse.’
      • ‘Besides, many of Japan's problems are structural, not cyclical.’
      • ‘I'd like to step back and put this question in the context of the structural relations of print as a cultural technology.’
      • ‘These kinds of structural elements suggest an actively engaged readership.’
      • ‘Winning back investor confidence may mean complying with the letter of the pact, which requires deep structural reforms.’
      • ‘Some of these were structural in nature, while others involved the process of transforming hope into action.’
      • ‘Neruda's dialectical way of thinking can be appreciated in the internal structural relations in the poems.’
      • ‘The purpose of the pilot test was to identify weaknesses and any missing structural data elements.’
      • ‘Our progress on these 3 key elements might be considered predictable because much of the work is structural in nature.’
      • ‘The imaged structural elements lead to an evolutionary model.’
      basic, foundational, rudimentary, elemental, elementary, underlying, basal, radical, root
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Pronunciation

structural

/ˈstrək(t)SH(ə)rəl//ˈstrək(t)ʃ(ə)rəl/