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
Synonyms for direct
Examples from the Web for directing
Contemporary Examples of directing
And I also read that you were only the second black female director to be accepted into the directing branch of AMPAS.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History
December 15, 2014
“Playing Asteroids is a little like directing a television show,” Fisher has told me.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
When we did The Office, I was just so happy that we were writing something, directing something, and getting it made.Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’
November 22, 2014
What were the biggest hiccups while directing your first feature?Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre
November 9, 2014
By 2010, Hunter was directing a well received revival of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts at Access Theatre on Broadway.Meet the Future Mrs. Benedict Cumberbatch
November 5, 2014
Historical Examples of directing
The easier task, that of directing the machine, is left to the husband.'Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Shall he have the pleasure of directing the messenger to ask if there are any letters for you?'Little Dorrit
The latter took the despatch, and opened it, directing Jenkins to sign the paper.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
The mate had been directing the firing in this extreme necessity.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
An elderly lady was playing the violin and directing her steps.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
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.