able to function or be used; functional: How soon will the new factory be operational?
of, relating to, or involved in military operations.
on active service or combat duty: All units of the command are operational.
of or relating to operations or an operation.
- op·er·a·tion·al·ly, adverb
- non·op·er·a·tion·al, adjective
- pre·op·er·a·tion·al, adjective
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How to use operational in a sentence
SpaceX recently successfully completed its first crewed demonstration mission of its Dragon spacecraft, and could launch its first operational astronaut mission to the International Space Station as early as October.Boeing and NASA target December for second try at uncrewed orbital demonstration flight | Darrell Etherington | August 28, 2020 | TechCrunch
Most operational weather forecasts are good to about 10 to 14 days but no further.Improved three-week weather forecasts could save lives from disaster | Alexandra Witze | August 27, 2020 | Science News
We are currently monitoring to ensure that these services are operational.As a new school year begins, Zoom endures a 4-hour outage | Andrew Nusca | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
What’s more, all of these database types can be run as managed services in the cloud, eliminating the need for operational overhead and expensive software licensing.E-learning? There’s a database for that. Real-time data? That, too | Jason Sparapani | August 20, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
As of today, sports betting is fully legal and operational in several states, with others having already passed legislation.The Economics of Sports Gambling (Ep. 388 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | August 20, 2020 | Freakonomics
“The U.S. Navy will attain IOC [initial operational capability] in 2018 with 3F software,” DellaVedova wrote.
There was virtually no government oversight of safety and operational standards.
Procurement budgets for weapon systems and operational-cost accounts are separated by a near-unbreachable wall.America’s 60 Year-Old Nuclear Bomber Might Finally Get a New Engine | Bill Sweetman | October 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Paul accomplishes this largely by cutting overseas operational costs and war spending from $159 billion to nothing by 2016.
Kowalski may have a point from an operational-security perspective.How the Pentagon Strangles Its Most Advanced Stealth Warplanes | Bill Sweetman | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As yet, the project had had no specific target; nor had it been fully operational as of midnight yesterday.
However, he has managed to leave Project Hot Rod operational while unattended.
So long as Hot Rod still existed, was still within their reach, the plan was operational.
Fourth, Rapid Dominance aims to achieve new levels of operational competence that can virtually institutionalize "brilliance."Shock and Awe | Harlan K. Ullman
It is also unlikely that any operational construct, no matter how brilliantly conceived, could overcome such a disconnect.Shock and Awe | Harlan K. Ullman
British Dictionary definitions for operational
of or relating to an operation or operations
in working order and ready for use
military capable of, needed in, or actually involved in operations
- operationally, adverb
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