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[in-duh-rek-shuh n, -dahy-] /ˌɪn dəˈrɛk ʃən, -daɪ-/
indirect action or procedure.
a roundabout course or method.
a lack of direction or goal; aimlessness:
His efforts were marked by indirection and indecisiveness.
deceitful or dishonest dealing.
Origin of indirection
1585-95; indirect + -ion, modeled on direction Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for indirection
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  • She responded, however, with something of her mother's indirection.

    The Frontiersmen Charles Egbert Craddock
  • I could be robbed by indirection, but this was too open and barefaced to be endured.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • Colonel Dexter Baldwin had his faults, like other men, but they were not those of indirection.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • He was ever for evasion, indirection; she for frank, open dealing in all things.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
  • It is doing under cover and by indirection, but certainly, what he proposes shall be done by direct proclamation of the President.

  • He had never admitted, save by indirection, that he had been to the Cayces'.

  • Subtlety and indirection, fine shadings, carefully wrought lines, had little place in his methods.

  • She too had taken what she wanted from life, but she had won it by indirection.

    The Yukon Trail William MacLeod Raine
  • She was very shy about telling of her early acquaintance with Whittier, and whatever I could learn was by indirection.

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
  • Of course it was done honestly; nobody suspects the Mayor of Boston of double-dealing, of intrigue, or of any indirection!

British Dictionary definitions for indirection


indirect procedure, courses, or methods
lack of direction or purpose; aimlessness
indirect dealing; deceit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for indirection

c.1600, from indirect + -ion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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indirection in Technology

Manipulating data via its address. Indirection is a powerful and general programming technique. It can be used for example to process data stored in a sequence of consecutive memory locations by maintaining a pointer to the current item and incrementing it to point to the next item.
Indirection is supported at the machine language level by indirect addressing. Many processor and operating system architectures use vectors which are also an instance of indirection, being locations which hold the address of a routine to handle a particular event. The event handler can be changed simply by pointing the vector at a new piece of code.
C includes operators "&" which returns the address of a variable and its inverse "*" which returns the variable at a given address.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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