- direct-mail shot,
- direct-vision prism,
- direct-vision spectroscope,
- directed angle,
- directed verdict,
- directed-energy device,
Origin of directed
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- (of a proportion) containing terms of which an increase (or decrease) in one results in an increase (or decrease) in another: a term is said to be in direct proportion to another term if one increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases).
- (of a function) the function itself, in contrast to its inverse.Compare inverse(def 2).
Origin of direct
Examples from the Web for directed
If the Israel model ban were directed towards disordered eating, Ravin says she would support it whole-heartedly.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I had a chance to work with Jean-François Richet, who directed Mesrine.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The recent attacks were directed at Sony, but they cut to the core of our free society.
A majority of films in Hollywood are written and directed by men.‘Free The Nipple’: (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right to Go Topless|Lizzie Crocker|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was only once he directed and starred in his own short film that he decided to pursue acting as a vocation.
All the others, complaining of being sick, took their rest, except Mr. Hayward and Mr. Elphinston whom I directed to keep watch.A Voyage to the South Sea|William Bligh
He didn't say anything, but he gave the letter that was directed "For Mother" to his wife.The Sandman: His Sea Stories|William J. Hopkins
He did not strike out immediately for the boat, but directed his course towards the floating oar.The Associate Hermits|Frank R. Stockton
From the windows of the evacuated Tournelles, Salisbury directed the attack on the city.
Nicholas followed his eyes, which were directed to some distance behind the chair from which he himself had just risen.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby|Charles Dickens
verb (mainly tr)
- to conduct (a piece of music or musicians), usually while performing oneself
- another word (esp US) for conduct (def. 9)
- of or relating to direct current
- (of a secondary induced current) having the same direction as the primary current
- (of motion) in the same directionSee motion (def. 9)
- (of an interval or chord) in root position; not inverted
Word Origin for direct
late 14c., from Latin directus "straight," past participle of dirigere "set straight" (see direct (v.)).
late 14c., "to write (to someone), to address," from Latin directus "straight," past participle of dirigere "set straight," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + regere "to guide" (see regal). Cf. dress; address.
Meaning "to govern, regulate" is from c.1500; "to order, ordain" is from 1650s. Sense of "to write the destination on the outside of a letter" is from 16c. Of plays, films, etc., from 1913. Related: Directed; directing.