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[dih-rekt-ak-ses, -ak-, dahy-] /dɪˈrɛktˈæk sɛs, -ˌæk-, daɪ-/
adjective, Computers.
pertaining to the ability to obtain data from, or place data in, external storage without the need to sequentially scan other data contained there.
pertaining to the method of organization and access used for a data structure in which records are located by their keys, without reference to other records that may have been previously accessed.
Also called random-access. Unabridged
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  • Germany is at a disadvantage because she has no direct access to the Atlantic.

    The Call of the World W. E. Doughty
  • Opposite the window a narrow door led into a couple of living rooms, the first of which also had direct access to the street.

    A Bride of the Plains

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Having forfeited their chance of direct access to God, they seek mediation from the prayers of men.

  • The King refused to countenance the innovation and all direct access to the Sovereign ceased.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • A free still surface with a direct access of air are the necessary conditions.

  • It was open to the salutation and vows of passers-by, yet could be shut off from direct access toward house and public.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
  • Two out of a filled compartment have direct access to a window—the two passengers whose seats are the outside end ones.

British Dictionary definitions for direct access

direct access

a method of reading data from a computer file without reading through the file from the beginning as on a disk or drum Also called random access Compare sequential access
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Contemporary definitions for direct access

the ability of retrieving data directly and instantly from a computer file, no matter where the data is located in the file; also called random access's 21st Century Lexicon
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