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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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  • So well-directed were our shot on their flanks, that beyond a certain line they were unable to advance.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • Suddenly the coppice blazed, a well-directed and fatal volley.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • There have never been well-directed efforts to improve fruits, yet something has been done with all.

    The Cherries of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • It was Georgi, who had saved my life by a well-directed shot.

  • The charge, however, collapsed under the well-directed volleys of the 10th.

  • Nothing is denied to well-directed labour: nothing is to be obtained without it.

    Seven Discourses on Art Joshua Reynolds
  • All this, however, was rather an accidental outbreak of exuberant intellectual activity than serious and well-directed study.

  • The same thing should be true of a well-directed economic system.

    The Next Step Scott Nearing
  • A well-directed blow will dash to pieces the earthenware pot, and the wearer is then compelled to own defeat.

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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