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Meaning of direction by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin dīrēctiō .


    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /dəˈɹɛk.ʃən/, /dɪˈɹɛk.ʃən/, /daɪˈɹɛk.ʃən/
    • Rhymes: -ɛkʃən


    direction ( plural: directions )

    1. The action of directing; pointing ( something ) towards .
    2. Guidance, instruction .
      The trombonist looked to the bandleader for direction .
    3. The work of the director in cinema or theater; the skill of directing a film, play etc .
      The screenplay was good, but the direction was weak .
    4. ( archaic ) An address.
    5. The path or course of a given movement, or moving body; an indication of the point toward which an object is moving .
      Keep going in the same direction .



Explanation of direction by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of setting and holding a course

    2. a new council was installed under the direction of the king
    3. the act of managing something

    4. is the direction of the economy a function of government?
    5. the concentration of attention or energy on something

    6. he had no direction in his life
    7. a general course along which something has a tendency to develop

    8. I couldn't follow the direction of his thoughts
      his ideals determined the direction of his career
      they proposed a new direction for the firm
    9. something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action

    10. a message describing how something is to be done

    11. he gave directions faster than she could follow them
    12. a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something

    13. a line leading to a place or point

    14. he looked the other direction
    15. the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves

    16. he checked the direction and velocity of the wind

    Definition of direction by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Direction n. [L. directio: cf. F. direction.]
      1. The act of directing, of aiming, regulating, guiding, or ordering; guidance; management; superintendence; administration; as, “the direction o public affairs or of a bank”.

      I do commit his youth

      To your direction. Shak.

      All nature is but art, unknown to thee;

      ll chance, direction, which thou canst not see. Pope.

      2. That which is imposed by directing; a guiding or authoritative instruction; prescription; order; command; as, “he grave directions to the servants”.

      The princes digged the well . . . by the direction of the law giver. Numb. xxi. 18.

      3. The name and residence of a person to whom any thing is sent, written upon the thing sent; superscription; address; as, “the direction of a letter”.

      4. The line or course upon which anything is moving or aimed to move, or in which anything is lying or pointing; aim; line or point of tendency; direct line or course; as, “the ship sailed in a southeasterly direction”.

      5. The body of managers of a corporation or enterprise; board of directors.

      6. ( Gun. ) The pointing of a piece with reference to an imaginary vertical axis; -- distinguished from elevation. The direction is given when the plane of sight passes through the object. Wilhelm.

      Syn. -- Administration; guidance; management; superintendence; oversight; government; order; command; guide; clew. Direction, Control, Command, Order. These words, as here compared, have reference to the exercise of power over the actions of others. Control is negative, denoting power to restrain; command is positive, implying a right to enforce obedience; directions are commands containing instructions how to act. Order conveys more prominently the idea of authority than the word direction. A shipmaster has the command of his vessel; he gives orders or directions to the seamen as to the mode of sailing it; and exercises a due control over the passengers.