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 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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The controller arguably received an improvement, however, as the directional buttons have been swapped for a traditional D-pad design. Steve Watts, CBS News, "Nintendo introduces Switch Lite, a cheaper version of the Switch," 10 July 2019 The directional freezing process creates a sponge with small, long, aligned pores resembling a bundle of straws – and also muscle tissue. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 Barnett Shale No horizontal drilling permits were filed in the Barnett Shale of North Texas, but Frisco exploration and production company Stonebriar Oil is preparing for a directional drilling project in Wise County. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Drilling Down: ConocoPhillips gears up for heavy round of Eagle Ford projects," 17 June 2019 The mishmash of directional signage, which sometimes confuses patients causing them to arrive to an appointment late or take a longer-than-necessary route, is a long-term project. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Hotel-Style Hospitality Comes to Hospitals," 16 Dec. 2018 Some of the most directional designs favor twists on traditional florals and riffs on rainforests and tropical getaways. Bonnie Mccarthy,, "Cultivating Style: The no-fail way to live with plants," 15 June 2019 Randomness, by definition, can never give you specific directional information. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Information From Randomness?’," 22 July 2015 Business operators can also enter into a private agreement with the owner of an adjacent property to place a directional sign on the latter’s property pointing motorists toward the business. David Anderson,, "Harford zoning bill could support mixed-use, industrial projects, but community advocates urge caution," 13 June 2019 Aoki’s final season also included stunning losses to the likes of Michigan State, Western Carolina, Ball State, Incarnate Word and all three Michigan directional schools: Central, Western and Eastern. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame will not renew Mik Aoki's contract after 9 seasons as baseball coach," 8 June 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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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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