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Definitions of direct

  1. put an address on (an envelope, for example) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. be in charge of Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. exact; "the direct opposite" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. effected directly by action of the voters rather than through elected representatives; "many people favor direct election of the President rather than election by the Electoral College" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. (electricity) of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; "direct current" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. (mathematics) varying in the same manner as another quantity; "a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. (astronomy) moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. immediate or direct in bearing or force; having nothing intervening; "in direct sunlight"; "in direct contact with the voters"; "direct exposure to the disease"; "a direct link"; "the direct cause of the accident" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. cause to go somewhere; "The explosion sent the car flying in the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed all his energies into his dissertation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; "I directed them towards the town hall" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. guide the actors in (plays and films) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; "direct current" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity; "a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. as an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of the accident" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  29. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to direct an arrow or a piece of ordnance. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. To point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way; as, he directed me to the left-hand road. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. To determine the direction or course of; to cause to go on in a particular manner; to order in the way to a certain end; to regulate; to govern; as, to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to superscribe; as, to direct a letter. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the people through their votes instead of through one or more representatives or delegates; as, direct nomination, direct legislation. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. In the direction of the general planetary motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs; not retrograde; - said of the motion of a celestial body. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. A character, thus [], placed at the end of a staff on the line or space of the first note of the next staff, to apprise the performer of its situation. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. Straight; open; plain; straightforward; as, a direct manner of speaking. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  43. To aim or drive in a straight line; guide or show. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  44. To act as a guide. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  45. Directness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  46. Straight, not deviating to either side. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  47. Quite straight: straightforward: in the line of descent: outspoken: sincere. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  48. To keep or lay quite straight: to point or aim straightly or correctly: to point out the proper course to: to guide: to order: to mark with the name and residence of a person. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  49. Straight; straight forward; lineal. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  50. To aim; point or guide toward; indicate a course to; order; address. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  51. To point; aim; point out a way to (a person). The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. To regulate; control; govern. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. To address, as a letter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. To act as a guide, conductor, or leader. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. Straight; straight forward; shortest; nearest; plain; immediate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  56. Straight; onward, opposed to retrograde; in line, as of father and son, opposed to collateral; going in a straight line or course; not circuitous; straightforward; plain; express. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  57. A character placed at the end of a staff to direct the performer to the first note of the next staff. A direct interval, that which forms any kind of harmony on the fundamental sound which produces it, as, the fifth, major, third, and octave. Direct tax, a tax assessed on incomes, funds, houses, and lands, as distinct from indirect on articles of consumption. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  58. To aim in a straight line toward a place or object; to show the right road or course; to guide, conduct, or manage; to prescribe a course, sometimes with authority; to address. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  59. Not crooked or winding; straight; right; not circuitous; plain; open. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  60. A mark in music to guide the performer from the last note of one stave to the first of another. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  61. To show the right road or course; to aim or point in a straight line; to regulate; to guide or lead; to order or instruct; to address as a letter. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  62. In the direction of the general planetary motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs; not retrograde; -- said of the motion of a celestial body. mso.anu.edu.au
  63. di-rekt', adj. quite straight: straightforward: in the line of descent: outspoken: sincere: unambiguous: unsophisticated in manner.--v.t. to keep or lay quite straight: to point or aim straightly or correctly: to point out the proper course to: to guide: to order: to mark with the name and residence of a person.--v.i. to act as director.--n. DIREC'TION, aim at a certain point: the line of course in which anything moves: guidance: command: the body of persons who guide or manage a matter: the written name and residence of a person.--adjs. DIREC'TIONAL; DIRECT'IVE, having power or tendency to direct.--adv. DIRECT'LY, in a direct manner: without intermediary: immediately (in time and otherwise).--ns. DIRECT'NESS; DIRECT'OR, one who directs: a manager or governor: a counsellor: a father confessor or spiritual guide: part of a machine or instrument which guides its motion:--fem. DIRECT'RESS, DIRECT'RIX.--ns. DIRECT'OR[=A]TE, DIRECT'ORSHIP, the office, or a body of, directors.--adjs. DIRECT[=O]'RIAL; DIRECT'ORY, containing directions: guiding.--n. a body of directions: a guide: a book with the names and residences of the inhabitants of a place: a body of directors: the Directoire, or French Republican government of 1795-99.--n. DIRECT'RIX, a line serving to describe a circle. [L. dirig[)e]re, directum--di, apart, and reg[)e]re, to rule, to make straight.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  64. [Latin] In a straight line; straight forward; going straight (i. e., without decussation or interruption) to its end, as the tract and D. pyramidal tract of the cord. D. current, a galvanic current; also a galvanic current passing through a nerve from the centre toward the periphery. D. illumination, illumination from straight in front. D. (inguinal) hernia, see Hernia. D. murmur, see Murmur. na
  65. [Latin] Acting or performed immediately or without the intervention of any subsidiary means; not roundabout; as D. antipyretic, D. method of ophthalmoscopy (see Ophthalmoscope). D. spark, an electric spark which passes through the patients body directly from the electrodes (i. e., without the intervention of a Leyden jar). D. electrisation, electrization of a muscle by applying one electrode to the muscle itself or its motor point, and the other to an indifferent point. na
  66. Address (letter, parcel, to person or place); utter or write to or to be conveyed to (I d. my remarks to you); control, govern the movements of, (soul directs body, commander troops); turn (thing, person, eyes, attention) straight to something; tell (person) the way (to; directing-post, =Finger-post); guide as adviser, principle (duty directs my actions), &c.; order (person) to do, thing to be done); give orders (that or abs.). So directive a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  67. Straight, not crooked (ly) or round about, (the d. road; went d. to heaven; d. ray, not reflected or refracted; d. shot, hit, without ricochet); (Astron.) proceeding from English to W., not retrograde; (of descent) lineal (ly), not collateral (ly); (of argument) following uninterrupted chain of cause& effect &c.; diametrical (d. opposite, contrary, contradiction); (Mus.) not inverted (of interval, chord), not contrary (of motion); straightforward, frank, going straight to the point, not ambiguous; immediate (ly), personal (ly), not by proxy; (Gram.) d. speech or oration, the words as actually spoken, not modified (cf. OBLIQUE, INDIRECT) in reporting; d. tax, levied originally (income tax &c.) on person who bears the burden ultimately (cf. INDIRECT). Hence directness n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  68. Immediate, pursuing an uninterrupted and undeviating course; also made without the intervention of any intermediate substance or apparatus, as d. examination, direct ophthalmoscopy. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  69. Occupying the same lateral half of the body as the lesion that produces it. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  70. Occurring with or produced by the current; opposed to regurgitant; said of cardiac murmurs caused by stenosis of the orifices. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  71. Straight, not crooked; not oblique; not collateral; apparently tending to some end; open, not ambiguous; plain, express. Complete Dictionary

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