directional

adjective 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

directionality

play \-ˌrek-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of directional in a Sentence

  1. We work with maps to improve the students' directional skills.

  2. the directional signal lights on an automobile

  3. The radio has a directional antenna.

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First Known Use of directional

1842


DIRECTIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

directional

adjective

Definition of directional for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or showing direction

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


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