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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Designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen in 1942, the streamlined rectangular church with a modular bell tower was the town's first modernist structure, and was seen as incredibly progressive at a time when most sacred spaces were much more ornate. Allie Weiss, ELLE Decor, "5 Midcentury-Modern Landmarks You Need to See in the Midwest," 6 Dec. 2018 But the city remains interested in modular construction and hopes to use it for affordable housing. Stefanos Chen, The Seattle Times, "Real estate technology that could have a lasting effect on housing," 20 Nov. 2018 The campaign to restore logistic capabilities includes both military equipment, such as modular bridges, and civilian infrastructure including ports and waterways, officials say. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "NATO Dusts Off a Cold War Skill: Moving Troops," 24 Oct. 2018 As such, modular homes are required to comply with local building and zoning laws, as opposed to the federal law. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Impressive Evolution Of Prefabricated Houses," 24 Dec. 2018 Scaling up is simple for the modular components (just stack ‘em), but a couple of pieces would become more cost-effective when supersized. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Machines that suck CO₂ from the air might be cheaper than we thought," 7 June 2018 Not everyone has an extra room to rent out; a Backyard home’s modular floor plan could fix that. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Airbnb will start designing — and selling — homes," 30 Nov. 2018 Microsoft will reportedly swap to a modular design, which is something that Surface chief Panos Panay hinted at in an interview with The Verge recently. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft will reportedly release a Surface Studio monitor in 2020," 29 Nov. 2018 The twist is that the designs will be modular, and can be shipped to be rebuilt anywhere in the world, Dan says. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of modular

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of modular was in 1815

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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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