Definition of directional in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈrɛkʃ(ə)n(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈrɛkʃ(ə)n(ə)l/


1Relating to or indicating the direction in which someone or something is situated or moving: directional signs wherever two paths joined
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  • Johannine territoriality addresses not only space and place, but also the directional markers which indicate the place whence Jesus came and whither he goes.
  • These are likely to include improved long-stay car parking and coach parking at the western and eastern sections of Back Ends as well as a strategy for improving directional signs throughout the town.
  • Council officers had recommended that the proposal be granted for a limited five year period under certain conditions including the installation of new directional road signs.
1.1Relating to, influencing, or exemplifying the latest trends in fashion: a directional womenswear designer
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  • It was directional, sophisticated, fully developed and mercifully short Fashion Awards winner of the Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Ready-to-Wear.
  • But men are generally not as adventurous with their style as women, so this one might not catch on, except with Will and Shane, the most directional male fashionistas I know.
  • Our Boutique range is an in-house, design-led collection which is very directional and fashion-forward.
2Having a particular direction of motion, progression, or orientation: coiling the wire permits directional flow of the magnetic flux
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  • Circular clockwise motion of a cilium can generate directional leftward flow if its axis is not perpendicular to the cell surface but tilted posteriorly.
  • This analysis demonstrates that growth cone turning results from an increase in the persistence of directional motion rather than a change in speed.
  • This means there would be a shadow cast to the north and the directional orientation of the picture would come into play.
2.1Relating to, denoting, or designed for the projection, transmission, or reception of light, radio, or sound waves in or from a particular direction or directions: a directional microphone
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  • Typically, the land mobile radio technician uses a directional wattmeter connected in the transmission line to measure the forward and reflected power.
  • Nanotechnology had made them nothing more than a single in-ear headphone with a directional microphone.
  • One thing: even if you use a blimped camera and scream for silence on the set, make sure you have a directional microphone with good frequency response, and check levels.



Pronunciation: /dɪrɛkʃ(ə)ˈnalɪti/ Pronunciation: /dʌɪrɛkʃ(ə)ˈnalɪti/
Example sentences
  • We have two ears which help us to determine directionality,’ he explained.
  • In a complex queue, directionality is not programmed in; instead it is produced through a system of switches and feedback loops and so on.
  • Seasonal migrations and potential for high rates of gene flow without simple geographic directionality suggest that Mallard populations may show very little geographic structure.


Example sentences
  • The day started on a great note, since I found her place without asking anyone anything at all, which is a big big achievement for a directionally challenged guy like me.
  • I can say that I am a directionally challenged person.
  • This new feature not only helps to keep the car directionally stable if a tyre should go flat, but can also prevent the need for roadside wheel changing.

Words that rhyme with directional

connectional, correctional, interjectional, intersectional, sectional, unidirectional

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Line breaks: dir|ec¦tion¦al

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