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 modular (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​tē \ noun
modularly \ ˈmä-​jə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce modular (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 While construction on new nuclear power plants has been nearly nonexistent over the past decade — largely due to their high cost — smaller, modular nuclear reactors are a potential answer to develop affordable nuclear power. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Wind overtook coal as a power source in Texas last year," 15 Jan. 2021 When the American firm Herman Miller adapted Bürolandschaft into a modular cubicle system called Action Office, white noise machines were supposed to provide the privacy that had been eliminated. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, "The Perpetual Disappointment of Remote Work," 4 Jan. 2021 Most people probably don’t need a bonafide 360-degree camera—but Insta360′s modular system offers a more reasonable gadget for everyone by pulling double duty. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "The best gadgets of 2020," 2 Dec. 2020 Some experts want to subsidize a new generation of small modular reactors, which recently received approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Washington Post, "Biden has massive climate plans. Where will he find the money to fund them?," 22 Dec. 2020 Customizable, modular sofas are a great option that will offer complete flexibility and reduce the overall costs associated with buying a new sofa for each change in living environment over time. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Design Tips Every First Time Homeowner Should Know Before They Decorate," 17 Dec. 2020 NuScale has released new data on its small modular reactor's ability to split hydrogen from water. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Tiny Nuclear Reactors Yield a Huge Amount of Clean Hydrogen," 14 Dec. 2020 NuScale, which was spun out of Oregon State University in 2007 and has benefited from DOE support, has designed a small modular nuclear reactor the company says will be safer, cheaper, and more flexible that a conventional gigawatt power reactor. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Several U.S. utilities back out of deal to build novel nuclear power plant," 4 Nov. 2020 The Utah cities that remain in the Carbon Free Power Project have until Oct. 31 to drop out or to appropriate additional funds to the small modular reactor project. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Murray City votes to withdraw from nuclear power project," 23 Oct. 2020

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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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21 Jan 2021

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“Modular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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