om·​ni·​di·​rec·​tion·​al | \ ˌäm-ni-də-ˈrek-shnəl How to pronounce omnidirectional (audio) , -ˌnī-, -(ˌ)dī-, -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of omnidirectional

: being in or involving all directions especially : receiving or sending radio waves equally well in all directions omnidirectional antenna

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Nao robots have six omnidirectional microphones and two loudspeakers, combined with two eyes that each have 5-megapixel cameras for facial detection. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Robots Can Be Pretty Convincing When They Ask You Not to Shut Them Down," 3 Aug. 2018 Is an omnidirectional treadmill too bulky for your taste? Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Google is patenting a pair of motorized VR roller skates," 20 Nov. 2018 Those features include four programmable paddles, four alternate joysticks, and an alternate omnidirectional pad. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft unveils new Xbox Elite controller in robot white," 29 Aug. 2018 The Yeti Nano has two recording patterns: cardioid (for capturing a source talking directly into the mic) and omnidirectional (for capturing audio in a small area around the mic). Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 This creates an interesting vibe for this type of game, heightening the lingering tension and terror of the omnidirectional free-for-all. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: War games, now with battle royale!," 19 Oct. 2018 And Third Way’s Social Compact for the 21st Century is a truly omnidirectional form of cautiousness that avoids taking on any sacred cows of the left but simply cuts progressive aspirations down to micro size. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Centrist Democrats are out of ideas," 30 July 2018 But the big reason is that spherical tires can be essentially omnidirectional. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Goodyear Made Spherical MagLev Tires That Are Totally Nuts," 3 Mar. 2016 There’s also an omnidirectional mic and an in-line three-button control unit for controlling things like a virtual assistant or music playback. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "B&O Play’s neat earbuds borrow from ‘90s design," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of omnidirectional

1927, in the meaning defined above

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