di·rec·tion·al | \ -shnəl , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of directional 

1 : of, relating to, or indicating direction in space:

a : suitable for detecting the direction from which radio signals come or for sending out radio signals in one direction only a directional antenna

b : operating most effectively in a particular direction a directional microphone

2 : relating to direction or guidance especially of thought or effort

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directionality \-ˌrek-shə-ˈna-lə-tē \ noun

Examples of directional in a Sentence

We work with maps to improve the students' directional skills. the directional signal lights on an automobile The radio has a directional antenna.
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Openers Wolf Eyes are heavily indebted to Suicide’s approach, and will be experimenting live with directional, ultrasonic parametric speakers at Empty Bottle. Steve Krakow, Chicago Reader, "Synthpunk pioneer Martin Rev and trip metal explorers Wolf Eyes bring transgressive sounds to Chicago," 25 May 2018 Ball State There are no easy wins for Ball State in the West division of the Mid-American Conference; instead, Ball State has become the easy win for Toledo, Northern Illinois and the directional Michigan schools. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "College football's last-placed teams headed for better things in 2018 season," 3 Apr. 2018 For your next organic dry, a bit of directional finger-raking will take the look to the next level. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Has a Fresh New Take on Beach Waves for the City," 21 June 2018 My next visit Despite Enzo’s lovely ambiance, the eatery doesn’t quite feel like a speakeasy, thanks to the large dining room (and mammoth directional signs outside). Lauren Delgado,, "Enzo's Hideaway offers Italian fare paired with prohibition-style cocktails," 14 July 2018 No, not a directional compass, which could feasibly (and legally) be used to accurately judge wind direction. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 July 2018 While Ora has never shied away from color, print, or a mixture of the two, her latest look was more directional than ever. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Rita Ora Debuts a New Look in Prada's Front Row," 23 Feb. 2018 So far she's already won us over in a directional Roland Mouret dress and sharp black suiting. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Trusted Friend/ Stylist Advised on Her Ireland Wardrobe," 11 July 2018 Usually this means combining a button press with a specific directional input, or holding an attack instead of tapping it for a different result. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Pocket Rumble for the Nintendo Switch channels the best portable fighters," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of directional

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of directional

: relating to or showing direction

: used for receiving sounds, radio signals, etc., that are coming from a particular direction

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