mod·​u·​lar | \ ˈmä-jə-lər How to pronounce modular (audio) \

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-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce modularity (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​tē \ noun
modularly \ ˈmä-​jə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce modularly (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the earliest construction is likely to be modular and prefabricated housing, to provide shelter as quickly as possible, Newsom said. Roland Li,, "‘A big deal’: Facebook matches Google’s $1B pledge to fight housing crisis," 22 Oct. 2019 And the company will use prefabricated modular construction, which could cut costs by 20 percent. Stefanos Chen, New York Times, "A Gentler Way to Gentrify?," 16 Aug. 2019 The Switch Lite is further evidence that the Switch’s real strength isn’t specifically its modular nature, but rather its ability to be different things to different people. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Nintendo’s Switch Lite doesn’t have to switch to be a success," 11 July 2019 Lakewood City Planner Dave Baas said the modular tables were procured through NOACA’s Street Supplies program, which is designed to be re-used at other pilot locations in the future. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood targets Marlowe Avenue speeders with new speed tables," 28 Oct. 2019 Both vaults, also called storm traps, are modular systems assembled like puzzles, but the pieces are made of concrete and weigh more than 10,000 pounds each. Kimberly Fornek,, "Stormwater tanks built like concrete puzzles below planned downtown parking deck and by new pre-school in Hinsdale," 17 Oct. 2019 Both the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and the Indian Institute of Technology Varanasi will contribute experiments for the Chinese large modular space station, scheduled to become operational in 2022. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "Indian government tightens rules on academic collaboration with China," 17 Oct. 2019 Researchers at Marshall developed new modular fixtures for holding metal in place during assembly. Fox News, "NASA advances Trump-led manufacturing push with six innovative technologies," 11 Oct. 2019 The items range from accent furniture and mirrors to modular sectionals and beds. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "Queer Eye's Bobby Berk Just Launched a Chic Furniture Line — and It's Already Selling Out!," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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29 Nov 2019

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“Modular.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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