mod·u·lar | \ˈmä-jə-lər \

Definition of modular 

1 : of, relating to, or based on a module or a modulus

2 : constructed with standardized units or dimensions for flexibility and variety in use modular furniture

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Other Words from modular

modularity \ˌmä-jə-ˈla-rə-tē \ noun
modularly \ˈmä-jə-lər-lē \ adverb

Examples of modular in a Sentence

In many offices, desks are separated by modular walls that can be moved around. a factory that produces modular homes

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For its Retreat 22 offering, modular living spaces add privacy while opening the door to engaging with others. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "World-class Tucson spas more than skin-deep experiences," 31 May 2018 Challenges and growth opportunities: Developing and selling new products — including its Centro temporary or permanent modular structures — as well as adding new clients in the private, government, sports and entertainment sectors. Joseph A. Mann Jr., miamiherald, "Medley-based Eventstar builds big tents, and sales | Miami Herald," 6 Apr. 2018 Each of Green River’s uniquely crafted, limited-run collections feature modular furniture centered around a theme. Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, "Green River Project LLC Debuts Elegant, Lounge-Ready Furniture Alongside Bode’s Menswear," 11 July 2018 There are modular saws that look a bit like a hacksaw, wherein the blade can be swapped out for other purposes. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "16 Tools You Need When You Live Off the Grid," 3 July 2018 But the homeless modular housing in Columbia City ran into problems from the start. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "‘We need to break some rules’ to fix Seattle’s homelessness crisis," 2 June 2018 Hartley said modular construction to house the formerly homeless has been a documented success in other markets. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF set to start process for building modular housing for formerly homeless," 22 Jan. 2018 The 2019 Jetta is completely re-engineered and restyled on VW’s modular architecture (MQB). Mark Maynard,, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 But despite having been around for decades, prefab or modular homes made up just 2 percent of new single-family houses in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Michele Lerner, sacbee, "Prefabs’ appeal is going up quickly," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of modular

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of modular

: having parts that can be connected or combined in different ways

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