of or relating to structure; relating or essential to a structure.
resulting from or relating to political or economic structure: structural reforms to the social safety net;structural inequalities;structural racism.
Biology. relating to organic structure; morphological.
Geology. of or relating to geological structure, as of rock or strata.
Chemistry. relating to or showing the arrangement or mode of attachment of the atoms that constitute a molecule of a substance.: Compare structural formula.
of, relating to, or based on the assumption that the elements of a field of study are naturally arranged in a systematic structure: structural grammar.
a part of a structure that carries a load.
the structural member used for such a part.
- struc·tur·al·ly, adverb
- non·struc·tur·al, adjective
- non·struc·tur·al·ly, adverb
- un·struc·tur·al, adjective
- un·struc·tur·al·ly, adverb
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How to use structural in a sentence
The Justice Department lawsuit hinted at possibly tougher measures, should the government win its case, asking the court to consider “structural relief,” which theoretically could include a requirement that the company sell a portion of its business.Europe fined Google nearly $10 billion for antitrust violations, but little has changed | Jeanne Whalen | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
He hailed Tesla’s structural battery as a “revolution” in engineering—but for some battery researchers, Musk’s future looked a lot like the past.Carmakers want to ditch battery packs, use auto bodies for energy storage | WIRED | November 8, 2020 | Ars Technica
A “structural change to the balance of office and home working” featured strongly in customers’ buying decisions, it said.New Yorkers and Londoners are fleeing to the suburbs, and that’s spurring a rally in these stocks | Bernhard Warner | November 3, 2020 | Fortune
The DOJ in Google’s case has called for “structural relief,” among other things.DOJ antitrust suit: Google uses contracts, market power to neutralize rivals | Greg Sterling | October 21, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Rather, it is asking for “structural relief as needed to cure any anticompetitive harm.”The DOJ says Google monopolizes search. Here’s how. | Eileen Guo | October 20, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The masterpiece is huge, but structurally flawed and terribly vulnerable to seismic activity.
Let Me Be Frank With You is also structurally different from earlier Bascombe novels.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe | Tom LeClair | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The jet is “redlined” at Mach 2, but structurally it can reach a maximum speed of Mach 2.25.
Ms Zhang said the church had been illegally built and was structurally unsound.Christians Form Human Shield Around Church in China's 'Jerusalem' | The Telegraph | April 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Black PrinceBy Iris Murdoch This is my favourite novel of all time and is structurally extremely (and successfully) ambitious.The Most Unreliable Narrators, From Agatha Christie to Iris Murdoch | Sophie Hannah | April 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was pulled down some years ago, when it was condemned as being structurally unsafe.
The Athabaskan languages form as clearly unified, as structurally specialized, a group as any that I know of.Language | Edward Sapir
Natural selection acts by suppressing, or developing, structurally distributed colour.Colouration in Animals and Plants | Alfred Tylor
An oil lamp hung from the tiny pent-house roof that, structurally, was Trehenna Station.A Christmas Mystery | William J. Locke
Ants are undoubtedly the highest, structurally and mechanically, of all insects, and at the same time the most efficient.Book of Monsters | David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
British Dictionary definitions for structural
of, relating to, or having structure or a structure
of, relating to, or forming part of the structure of a building
of or relating to the structure and deformation of rocks and other features of the earth's crust
of or relating to the structure of organisms; morphological
chem of, concerned with, caused by, or involving the arrangement of atoms in molecules
- structurally, adverb
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