Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to an operation or a series of operations.
  • adj. Of, intended for, or involved in military operations.
  • adj. Fit for proper functioning; ready for use: an operational aircraft.
  • adj. Being in effect or operation: "de facto apartheid still operational even in the 'new' African nationsā€ ( Leslie Marmon Silko).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or relating to operations, especially military operations
  • adj. functioning and ready for use
  • adj. effective or operative

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of or pertaining to operations.
  • adj. Fit or ready for service; available and in working condition. Opposite of out-of-service.
  • adj. of or intended for or involved in military operations. Opposite of nonoperational.
  • adj. In force; not expired or annulled; -- of rules or laws.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being in effect or operation
  • adj. pertaining to a process or series of actions for achieving a result
  • adj. (military) of or intended for or involved in military operations
  • adj. fit or ready for use or service

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Examples

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  • Yet for the past 12 months it has been working to do more with that knowledge by implementing what it calls operational CRM.

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  • Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert Bonner often speaks about gaining what he calls operational control of the border.

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  • And at the same time, the task, the missions, or what they call the operational tempo, the pace, increased three to four times.

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  • But it turns out that various flight members, groups from flight 1, flight 2, flight 3 and flight 4, the four planes that went down, were flying together in sort of a basic violation of what we call operational security.

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  • Saleh has said he is ready to sign the accord once an agreement is reached on what he called an operational mechanism for implementing the Arab deal.

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  • Most of me knows that I'm fairly safe, surround by several tons of fuselage and the latest in operational safety gear.

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  • "Strong revenue growth and increases in operational efficiency in Macau and outstanding results at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, contributed to substantial margin expansion and industry-leading financial performance overall," said Sands Chairman and Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson.

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  • "Investments in operational excellence will become crucial to fueling organic growth."

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  • "Rachel's Law" requires police departments statewide to "assign the highest priority in operational decisions and actions to the preservation of the safety of confidential informants", and to train officers who work with them.

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