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

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Guests including Martha Stewart, Athena Calderone, and Laila Gohar wandered from floor to floor on a grand set of stairs festively lit by Charles de Lisle’s modular Linden Ivy fixture. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Future Perfect Launches a Fully Shoppable Home With (What Else?) a House Party," 13 Mar. 2019 But Seattle authorities aren’t convinced yet that modular housing can work. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Vancouver, B.C., bet on modular housing to ease homelessness. Could it work in Seattle?," 1 Oct. 2018 Vogtle is the last remnant of what was supposed to be a new wave of nuclear plants in the U.S. using modular reactors by Westinghouse Electric Co. that were billed as being cheaper and easier to build than prior models. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Future of Last U.S. Nuclear Plant Remains Uncertain Amid Talks," 25 Sep. 2018 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

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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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