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

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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First Known Use of directional

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Directional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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