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structural

When you're talking about something structural you're talking about the way it's built. The simple look of a building can mask its complex structural design.

A skeleton is the structural framework of a body. While we all look different on the outside, for the most part, we all share the same structural components — we're built the same way. Some buildings, such as the Eiffel Tower, reveal their structural design completely. They are nothing but structure. Other buildings work hard to hide their structural qualities. You can discuss the structural nature of ideas too, as in "structural economics" or even human relationships.

Definitions of structural
  1. adjective
    relating to or having or characterized by structure
    structural engineer”
    structural errors”
    structural simplicity”
  2. adjective
    affecting or involved in structure or construction
    “the structural details of a house such as beams and joists and rafters”
    structural damage”
    Synonyms:
    functional
    designed for or capable of a particular function or use
  3. adjective
    concerned with systematic structure in a particular field of study
    Synonyms:
    constructive
    constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development
  4. adjective
    relating to or caused by structure, especially political or economic structure
    structural unemployment in a technological society”
  5. adjective
    pertaining to geological structure
    structural effects of folding and faulting of the earth's surface”
    synonyms: geomorphologic, geomorphological, morphologic, morphological
  6. adjective
    relating to or concerned with the morphology of plants and animals
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