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[dih-rek-tid, dahy-] /dɪˈrɛk tɪd, daɪ-/
guided, regulated, or managed:
a carefully directed program.
subject to direction, guidance, regulation, etc.
Mathematics. (of an angle or vector) having positive or negative direction or orientation assigned.
Origin of directed
First recorded in 1530-40; direct + -ed2
Related forms
directedness, noun
overdirected, adjective
self-directed, adjective
well-directed, adjective Unabridged
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  • It explodes our humanitarian theories by a series of well-directed mines.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • Suddenly the coppice blazed, a well-directed and fatal volley.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • It was Georgi, who had saved my life by a well-directed shot.

  • Some fall at once to the first well-directed shot; others die hard.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • Nothing is denied to well-directed labour: nothing is to be obtained without it.

    Seven Discourses on Art Joshua Reynolds
  • The same thing should be true of a well-directed economic system.

    The Next Step

    Scott Nearing
  • He was inclined to put as much faith in a well-directed arrow.

    Sea-Dogs All!

    Tom Bevan
  • To the order to strike his flag, the captain replied with a well-directed shot.

    Sea-Dogs All!

    Tom Bevan
  • After the fifth well-directed and vigorous smack, he howled.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for well-directed


/dɪˈrɛktɪd; daɪ-/
(maths) (of a number, line, or angle) having either a positive or negative sign to distinguish measurement in one direction or orientation from that in the opposite direction or orientation
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