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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The interior layout is also modular, too, meaning it can be customized depending on the nature of the journey. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World’s Largest Aircraft Will Have Luxurious Bedrooms and Glass Floors," 18 July 2018 The project called for building 20,000 modular homes, and possibly retail and office space. Ryan Ori,, "South Works project, which would turn old U.S. Steel site into 20,000-home development, is on hold," 20 Apr. 2018 The modular design means that the station can add capacity as demand increases, and Orion Span also hopes in the future to sell dedicated modules as the world’s first condominiums in space. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Luxury space hotel stay will cost you $9.5M," 3 July 2018 Microsoft plans to ship a next-generation Surface Hub 2 in 2019, boasting a smaller, lighter, more modular design that will encourage workers to share the screen, as well as their notes and files. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 is a Teams-powered giant tablet that creates its own video wall," 15 May 2018 The attackers' success is largely the result of a modular design where malicious functionality isn’t part of the initial version first downloaded from the Play Store. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Sophisticated APT surveillance malware comes to Google Play," 16 Apr. 2018 For its Retreat 22 offering, modular living spaces add privacy while opening the door to engaging with others. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "World-class Tucson spas more than skin-deep experiences," 31 May 2018 Challenges and growth opportunities: Developing and selling new products — including its Centro temporary or permanent modular structures — as well as adding new clients in the private, government, sports and entertainment sectors. Joseph A. Mann Jr., miamiherald, "Medley-based Eventstar builds big tents, and sales | Miami Herald," 6 Apr. 2018 Each of Green River’s uniquely crafted, limited-run collections feature modular furniture centered around a theme. Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, "Green River Project LLC Debuts Elegant, Lounge-Ready Furniture Alongside Bode’s Menswear," 11 July 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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