Meaning of structural

struc•tur•al

Pronunciation: (struk'chur-ul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to structure; pertaining or essential to a structure.
  2. pertaining to organic structure; morphological.
  3. of or pertaining to geological structure, as of rock or strata.
  4. pertaining to or showing the arrangement or mode of attachment of the atoms that constitute a molecule of a substance. Cf.
  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.
—n.
    1. a part of a structure that carries a load.
    2. the structural member used for such a part.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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