di·rec·tion /dəˈrɛkʃən, daɪ-/
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.
Syn: -- Administration; guidance; management; superintendence; oversight; government; order; command; guide; clew.
Usage: 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.
n 1: a line leading to a place or point; "he looked the other
direction"; "didn't know the way home" [syn: way]
2: the spatial relation between something and the course along
which it points or moves; "he checked the direction and
velocity of the wind"
3: a general course along which something has a tendency to
develop; "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"
4: something that provides direction or advice as to a decision
or course of action [syn: guidance, counsel, counseling,
5: the act of managing something; "he was given overall
management of the program"; "is the direction of the
economy a function of government?" [syn: management]
6: a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave
directions faster than she could follow them" [syn: instruction]
7: the act of setting and holding a course; "a new council was
installed under the direction of the king" [syn: steering,
8: a formal statement of a command or injunction to do
something; "the judge's charge to the jury" [syn: commission,
9: the concentration of attention or energy on something; "the
focus of activity shifted to molecular biology"; "he had
no direction in his life" [syn: focus, focusing, focussing,