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direct address

Grammar. the use of a term or name for the person spoken to, as in securing the attention of that person; use of a vocative form.
Computers. See under indirect address. Unabridged
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  • To separate words or phrases of direct address from the context.

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • Even when descriptive or eulogistic, it is a direct address.

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    Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • The solemnity of the direct address to God at the close of ver.

  • When these words are not used in direct address, however, they should not be capitalized.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • It is always the voice of Bach in direct address to you that you hear.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • There was something simple and primitive, something of dignity beyond the usual conventions, in his direct address.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • I asked soon, looking calmly at Georgiana, who thought fit to bridle at the direct address, as if it were an unexpected liberty.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • The imperative verb is perhaps the strongest form of direct address.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
  • A vocative is in the nominative case, and is often called a nominative by direct address or a vocative nominative.

  • A vocative is in the nominative case, and is often called a nominative by direct address or a vocative nominative (p. 42).

Contemporary definitions for direct address

the specification of the location of data to be used as an operand, the computer memory address included as part of the instruction; cf. indirect address

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