po·​si·​tion·​al | \ pə-ˈzi-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce positional (audio) \

Definition of positional

1 : of, relating to, or fixed by position positional astronomy
2 : involving little movement positional warfare
3 : dependent on position or environment or context the front-articulated \k\ in \kē\ key and the back-articulated \k\ in \kül\ cool are positional variants

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positionally adverb

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This is the 12th and final positional breakdown leading up to the NFL Draft (April 26-28). Eddie Brown, sandiegouniontribune.com, "NFL Draft 2018: Top quarterbacks," 23 Apr. 2018 Elmarko Jackson, a 6-1 multi-positional player from Marlton Middle School who will attend St. Augustine, scored a game-high 18 points for the winners. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Atlantic City's Ray Bethea goes out in style," 25 Mar. 2018 That’s a different approach from Creative, which offers a smorgasbord of different options to process, say, bad MP3s to improve their audio, as well as a wealth of technology to enhance positional audio in games. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "EVGA gets into sound cards with Nu Audio, a high-end board that delivers 'lifelike' gaming," 8 Jan. 2019 Checking all the key boxes for a combo guard, Grimes has a nice mix of positional size, ballhandling ability and passing feel and is ready for the college level. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "One Kansas freshman, one junior listed as possible draft picks in 2019 by SI.com," 28 June 2018 The researchers compared past observations of TXS 0506+056 and compared its positional information to the data obtained from IceCube. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Supermassive black hole shot a neutrino straight at Earth," 12 July 2018 Yet given Meneses’ dominant summer at the plate and moderate positional flexibility — much of his time in Mississippi was spent in the outfield — Rende thinks there is at least some road ahead for the unheralded hitter. Ben Pope, Philly.com, "Phillies prospect Joey Meneses looks MLB-ready, whether here or elsewhere," 9 July 2018 One said the players moved on to positional drills after the sprints. Catherine Rentz, baltimoresun.com, "After Jordan McNair's death, Maryland's DJ Durkin, Damon Evans assure parents they are 'safety first'," 23 June 2018 Gyorko also offers positional versatility, qualifying in most fantasy leagues at first and third, in addition to second. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Finding Replacements for Robinson Cano on the Waiver Wire," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of positional

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of positional was circa 1560

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English Language Learners Definition of positional

: relating to the position of someone or something

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