di·rect /dəˈrɛkt, daɪ-/
1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means.
What is direct to, what slides by, the question. --Locke.
2. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
Be even and direct with me. --Shak.
3. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words. --Locke.
A direct and avowed interference with elections. --Hallam.
4. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line.
5. Astron. 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.
6. Political Science 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.
Direct action. (a) Mach. See Direct-acting. (b) Trade unions See Syndicalism, below.
Direct discourse Gram., the language of any one quoted without change in its form; as, he said “I can not come;” -- correlative to indirect discourse, in which there is change of form; as, he said that he could not come. They are often called respectively by their Latin names, oratio directa, and oratio obliqua.
Direct evidence Law, evidence which is positive or not inferential; -- opposed to circumstantial evidence, or indirect evidence. -- This distinction, however, is merely formal, since there is no direct evidence that is not circumstantial, or dependent on circumstances for its credibility. --Wharton.
Direct examination Law, the first examination of a witness in the orderly course, upon the merits. --Abbott.
Direct fire Mil., fire, the direction of which is perpendicular to the line of troops or to the parapet aimed at.
Direct process Metal., one which yields metal in working condition by a single process from the ore. --Knight.
Direct tax, a tax assessed directly on lands, etc., and polls, distinguished from taxes on merchandise, or customs, and from excise.
Di·rect v. t. [imp. & p. p. Directed; p. pr. & vb. n. Directing.]
1. 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.
2. 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.
The Lord direct your into the love of God. --2 Thess. iii. 5.
The next points to which I will direct your attention. --Lubbock.
3. 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.
I will direct their work in truth. --Is. lxi. 8.
4. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go.
I 'll first direct my men what they shall do. --Shak.
5. 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.
Syn: -- To guide; lead; conduct; dispose; manage; regulate; order; instruct; command.
Di·rect v. i. To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
Wisdom is profitable to direct. --Eccl. x. 10.
Di·rect, n. Mus. 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.
adj 1: direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation
or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route";
"a direct flight"; "a direct hit" [ant: indirect]
2: 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"
3: extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or
language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct
response"; "a direct approach" [ant: indirect]
4: in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child;
"lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant
of the king"; "direct heredity" [syn: lineal] [ant: collateral]
5: moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for
planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
6: 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)" [ant: inverse]
7: of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating;
"direct current" [ant: alternating]
8: as an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of
9: in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a
direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim" [syn:
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"
11: exact; "the direct opposite"
adv : without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake";
"went direct to the office" [syn: directly, straight]
v 1: command with authority; "He directed the children to do
2: 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" [syn: target, aim, place,
3: guide the actors in (plays and films)
4: be in charge of
5: take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can
you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to
the palace" [syn: lead, take, conduct, guide]
6: 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" [syn: send]
7: 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" [syn: aim, take, train, take aim]
8: lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an
orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for
years" [syn: conduct, lead]
9: give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction;
"I directed them towards the town hall"
10: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a
certain public [syn: calculate, aim]
11: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
[syn: steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point,
head, guide, channelize, channelise]
12: put an address on (an envelope, for example) [syn: address]
13: plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded
the robbery" [syn: mastermind, engineer, organize,