multidirectional

adjective

mul·​ti·​di·​rec·​tion·​al ˌməl-tē-də-ˈrek-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce multidirectional (audio)
-ˌtī-
: able to move, function, or operate in more than one direction
multidirectional forces
Since they radiate sound toward both front and back, these speakers have an unusually open and airy sound (as do other multidirectional designs) that is musically very pleasing.Hans Fantel

Examples of multidirectional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These have a secure fit through the upper and a hefty outsole with multidirectional lugs for equally good traction on ascents and descents. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 7 Feb. 2024 Travelers will love the ease of four multidirectional spinner wheels, along with the myriad of inner and outer pockets to keep belongings organized and secure. Sophie Mendel, Travel + Leisure, 25 Dec. 2023 And, even when it's stuffed to the brim, the suitcase's four, multidirectional wheels and telescoping handle will make lugging it around a breeze. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 10 Oct. 2023 The outsole’s micro grooves feature multidirectional shapes that displace the water when the shoe makes contact with the pavement, so your feet can leave and arrive home dry and warm. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, 5 Dec. 2020 However uneven, that experiment in unlikely multidirectional offense went there. cleveland, 17 Aug. 2023 This option from Philips Norelco features three multidirectional heads that are designed to work with the contouring of your face, ensuring that even the hardest-to-reach hairs are cut. Jack Byram, Health, 5 July 2023 Each pair of these boots comes equipped with textured, multidirectional lugs that dig into the ground for added grip. Tom Price, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2023 At a time when advancement includes multidirectional moves within an organization, these are workers who need not be lost. Shay David, Forbes, 1 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of multidirectional was in 1897

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“Multidirectional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multidirectional. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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