di·​rec·​tion·​al | \ də-ˈrek-shnəl How to pronounce directional (audio) , -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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Other Words from directional

directionality \ di-​ˌrek-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce directional (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web From the main Croatian coastal road just south of Dubrovnik, directional signs would send me to a tiny Croatian border town — but ignore the large Serbian city of Trebinje just beyond. Rick Steves,, "Rick Steves: The back road to Mostar: Off the beaten path in Bosnia-Herzegovina," 26 Feb. 2021 The speakers were these round omni-directional affairs that pointed straight up into diffusing cones. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, "Ian MacKaye Talks ‘Woodstock’ Soundtrack Obsession in New Book Excerpt," 24 Feb. 2021 Spikes cause more directional friction against the ground and allow the snakes to push themselves forward, reports the New York Times. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "Snakeskin Reveals Secrets Behind a Sidewinder’s Twisted Wiggle," 8 Feb. 2021 OpenAudio tech, which involves pumping directional audio into the ear using a single transducer in each enclosure. Popular Science, "Bose built a new kind of workout earbud to keep you safe while you sweat," 5 Jan. 2021 And with directional antennas and other more powerful gear, Beer estimates that the range could potentially increase to hundreds of meters. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "This ‘Magical Bug’ Exposed Any iPhone in a Hacker's Wi-Fi Range," 3 Dec. 2020 But Parler wants to sell users something from the onset, via a one-directional, top-down method. Bryan C. Parker, Chron, "I tried Parler, the social media app where hate speech thrives," 1 Dec. 2020 Falcon will tell you that’s because of its CrossMatch composite, which features multilayer, cross-directional fibers. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Best of the Best: The Top Hunting and Fishing Gear of 2020," 20 Nov. 2020 The piece is made from a cotton-blend yarn that offers a comfortable amount of stretch, and there are directional stitch details for a more interesting appearance. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "20 top-selling women’s sweaters to buy before winter," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of directional

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of directional was in 1842

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3 Mar 2021

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“Directional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of directional

: relating to or showing direction
technical : used for receiving sounds, radio signals, etc., that are coming from a particular direction

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