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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directionality \ di-​ˌrek-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce directionality (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 There are unidirectional antennas that gather signals from one direction, and there are multi-directional antennas that work best for antennas that are scattered around a metro area. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Cord cutters: Do you know where to aim your antenna?," 9 Jan. 2020 Facebook representatives told county officials the horizontal directional drilling will last about a month, and all that will remain is a manhole cover. Washington Post, "Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable," 9 Jan. 2020 All business in the front with a subversive touch in the back, Delevingne's style offered a more directional take on the subtle updo. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Cara Delevingne Wins Best Hair—and Most Inspiring Speech—at the TrevorLIVE Gala," 18 June 2019 All VPNs work in part by exploiting the bi-directional nature of network tunnels. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "How to set up your own Nebula mesh VPN, step by step," 19 Dec. 2019 The Playhouse provides a helpful and detailed map, available both online and in print at the fest’s information booth, but not all venues are particularly well-marked, and a bit more directional signage would be welcome. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival rolls out a lively variety of offbeat work on opening day," 18 Oct. 2019 Signage, decor, invitations, and more are directional or ornamental, keep them simple and void of excess verbiage. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "50 Inspiring Quotes on Love, Life, and Marriage for Your Wedding Day," 30 Oct. 2019 In English, that means the Mobius creates a full and multi-directional audio effect, utilizing precisely placed sound. Nicole Carpenter, USA TODAY, "The best gaming headsets of 2019 for PC, Xbox One X, PS4, and more," 16 Oct. 2019 There are also four multi-directional spinner wheels that will make gliding your suitcase through a train station or terminal a breeze. Kelsey Mulvey, Marie Claire, "The Samsonite Luggage Sale Happening on Amazon Right Now Is Insane," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Directional.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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