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[adv] without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"
[adj] exact; "the direct opposite"
[adj] 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"
[adj] direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit"
[adj] (electricity) of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; "direct current"
[adj] extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"
[adj] (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)"
[adj] (astronomy) moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
[adj] 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"
[adj] in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim"
[adj] in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"
[adj] as an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of the accident"
[v] plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery"
[v] specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
[v] command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework"
[v] give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; "I directed them towards the town hall"
[v] put an address on (an envelope, for example)
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] guide the actors in (plays and films)
[v] lead, as in the performance of a musical composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
[v] direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
[v] 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"
[v] take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
[v] be in charge of

Misc. Definitions

\Di*rect"\, a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See {Dress}, and cf. {Dirge}.]
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. {Direct action}. (Mach.) See {Direct-acting}. {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, 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.
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.
\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. --Moore (Encyc. of Music).
\Di*rect"\, a. (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.

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