di·​rec·​tion·​al | \ də-ˈrek-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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Other Words from directional

directionality \ di-​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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And today, Jenner proved her magic touch extended onto the streets in a directional take on the traditional trouser suit. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Gives a Bossy Spin to Next Season’s Signature Shade," 26 Sep. 2018 Investors use options to hedge or make directional bets on portfolios. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Volatility Signal Flashes Red, Even as Stocks Rebound," 8 Jan. 2019 Her Majesty ditched the dress’s streamlined silhouette and made her ensemble directional by tucking it into her ladylike culottes. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Yes, Even Queen Rania Shops at Zara," 11 Dec. 2018 The directional approach to radiation detection also allows the person measuring an area to distinguish between multiple sources of radiation in an area, as well as determine the shape and size of a potentially large area that's emitting radiation. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "“Lighthouse Detector” can distinguish between many sources of radiation," 9 Sep. 2018 In the past month, Markle has made seven public appearances (both with and without Prince Harry) and made quite the impression in her directional approach to dress. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Chooses Ralph Lauren for Prince Louis’s Christening," 9 July 2018 Even the more directional trends, from layered skirts over pants to oddball accessories, have some purpose—even if that is just to show off more merchandise in a single image. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Pre-Fall 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 The upgrades include new LED lighting at the mall’s exterior entrances, upgraded directional and entry signage and new landscaping, according to a statement Monday from mall owner Simon Property Group. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "NC’s largest outlet mall will soon get another facelift | Charlotte Observer," 12 Mar. 2018 Five of the seven directional changes happened in the last 90 minutes of the trading day, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Dow, S&P Close Lower After Volatile Session," 11 Dec. 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
technical : used for receiving sounds, radio signals, etc., that are coming from a particular direction

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