operational meaning

[ ˌɔpə'reiʃənl ] Pronunciation:   "operational" in a sentence
  • Adjective: operational  `ópu'reyshunul
    1. Pertaining to a process or series of actions for achieving a result
      "operational difficulties"; "they assumed their operational positions" 
    2. Fit or ready for use or service
      "an operational aircraft"
      - functional, usable, useable, operable 
    3. (military) of or intended for or involved in military operations 
    4. Being in effect or operation
      "de facto apartheid is still operational even in the 'new' African nations"
      - in operation, operating

    See also: active, combat-ready, effective, fighting, operation, operationally, operative, serviceable

    Antonym: nonoperational

    Encyclopedia: Operational

  • [Business]
    AmE / adjective

    1 [usually before noun]

    connected with the way in which a business, machine, system, etc. works:

    We have simplified many of our operational procedures.

    The catalogue describes the main operational features of each model.

    2 [not usually before noun]

    being used or ready to be used:

    Our customer support centre is now fully operational.

    operationally adverb:

    The proposed system is not operationally viable

    (= would not work).

  • [Engineering]
    "Of equipment such as aircraft or vehicles, being in such a state of repair as to be immediately usable."


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  1. the telephone is fully operational again.
  2. the squadron is not yet operational.
  3. all units of the command are operational.
  4. they had no operational plan except to hang on.
  5. it is the operational bible of the news organization.

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