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directional

[dih-rek-shuh-nl, dahy-] /dɪˈrɛk ʃə nl, daɪ-/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or indicating direction in space.
2.
Radio. adapted for determining the direction of signals received, or for transmitting signals in a given direction:
a directional antenna.
3.
of, pertaining to, or providing guidance or leadership.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; direction + -al1
Related forms
directionality, noun
directionally, adverb
undirectional, adjective
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Examples from the web for directional
  • Nevertheless, the theory has a directional bias that explains how inequalities can be generated, but not how they can be undone.
  • The family in the darkness in their fixed tableau watched one another by the light of a directional signal, endlessly blinking.
  • As much as possible, physical and virtual spaces have been developed to minimize the need to answer simple directional questions.
  • Visual cues, including directional arrows, indicate where the misfiled book ought to go.
  • While the animals lack sonar, they do posses superb directional underwater hearing and the ability to see in near-darkness.
  • Furthermore, this process must yield adaptive directional change in the species overall.
  • Players can also use two special abilities activated with the directional pad as well as always active perks.
  • Pointing to the cube and pressing up on the directional pad, an alert pops up telling him to check the cube.
  • Look for directional signs identifying the road and the campground.
  • In the first game, players could only use the stylus to move while controlling the camera with the directional pad.
British Dictionary definitions for directional

directional

/dɪˈrɛkʃənəl; daɪ-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a spatial direction
2.
(electronics)
  1. having or relating to an increased sensitivity to radio waves, sound waves, nuclear particles, etc, coming from a particular direction
  2. (of an aerial) transmitting or receiving radio waves more effectively in some directions than in others
3.
(physics, electronics)
  1. concentrated in, following, or producing motion in a particular direction
  2. indicating direction
4.
indicating the direction something, such as a fashion trend, might take: directional fashion looks
Derived Forms
directionality, noun
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