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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The company is working on a new modular robot called Xanthus with different attachments, say to hold containers instead of using a conveyor belt. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Inside the Amazon Warehouse Where Humans and Machines Become One," 5 June 2019 Biden instead wants to put money toward developing the new generation of small modular nuclear reactors in addition to addressing safety concerns. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Biden jumps on the Green New Deal train with climate plan," 4 June 2019 For his Central Park Adventure Playground, Dattner also designed a kit-of-parts system, based on the Eameses’ modular house. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 As part of a public art program organized by LAND Studio, we were tasked to temporally transform a modular RTA station into a colorful gem using translucent vinyl. Nikki Delamotte,, "Cleveland's Christine Wisnieski on designing for modern hot spots and institutions, from Trentina to Majestic Steel: PERSONA," 26 Apr. 2018 China has since launched another space station, Tiangong-2, which is a second testbed for space technologies with the ultimate goal of constructing a large modular space station in the early 2020s. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Falling Chinese Space Station to Crash This Weekend," 30 Mar. 2018 Side panels and supports that conduct electricity make the KIVA Shelving System fully modular. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Goodbye, Showy Chandeliers. Hello, Low-Key Lighting That Transforms Rooms," 25 Jan. 2019 The benefits of greater computational density and flexibility are obvious, but this modular approach also helps Intel skirt one of its biggest challenges: building full chips at 10nm scale. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Intel unveils Foveros 3D chip stacking and new 10nm ‘chiplets’," 12 Dec. 2018 Krulak estimated that there are about 30 modular buildings in New York, including Carmel Place, a 55-unit micro-apartment building in Kips Bay, completed in 2016. Stefanos Chen, The Seattle Times, "Real estate technology that could have a lasting effect on housing," 20 Nov. 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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