- the act or an instance of directing.
- the line along which anything lies, faces, moves, etc., with reference to the point or region toward which it is directed: The storm moved in a northerly direction.
- the point or region itself: The direction is north.
- a position on a line extending from a specific point toward a point of the compass or toward the nadir or the zenith.
- a line of thought or action or a tendency or inclination: the direction of contemporary thought.
- Usually directions. instruction or guidance for making, using, etc.: directions for baking a cake.
- order; command.
- management; control; guidance; supervision: a company under good direction.
- a directorate.
- the name and address of the intended recipient as written on a letter, package, etc.
- decisions in a stage or film production as to stage business, speaking of lines, lighting, and general presentation.
- the technique, act, or business of making such decisions, managing and training a cast of actors, etc.
- the technique, act, or business of directing an orchestra, concert, or other musical presentation or group.
- Music. a symbol or phrase that indicates in a score the proper tempo, style of performance, mood, etc.
- a purpose or orientation toward a goal that serves to guide or motivate; focus: He doesn't seem to have any direction in life.
Origin of direction
Examples from the Web for direction
Pleasure shoots magically in every direction like an explosion of sparks.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
Absent a body, no one can say with absolute certainty whether Castro is dead, even if all signs point in that direction.
An arrow appears indicating the direction you will launch your ball.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
The ATSB has been impressive in the way it has taken over the direction of the search for Flight 370.Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes?
December 30, 2014
Stay anywhere long enough and every direction eventually leads you toward a pawnshop of your life.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
The true remedy is not to be sought in that direction in the one case any more than the other.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
The view was very extensive but not promising--spinifex being in every direction.
Spinifex in every direction, and the country very miserable and unpromising.
It seemed to come from the direction of Malbone's room, which was in the third story.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Your aunt has been forced to engage not to interfere but by your father's direction.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- the act of directing or the state of being directed
- management, control, or guidance
- the work of a stage or film director
- the course or line along which a person or thing moves, points, or lies
- the course along which a ship, aircraft, etc, is travelling, expressed as the angle between true or magnetic north and an imaginary line through the main fore-and-aft axis of the vessel
- the place towards which a person or thing is directed
- a line of action; course
- the name and address on a letter, parcel, etc
- music the process of conducting an orchestra, choir, etc
- music an instruction in the form of a word or symbol heading or occurring in the body of a passage, movement, or piece to indicate tempo, dynamics, mood, etc
- (modifier) maths
- (of an angle) being any one of the three angles that a line in space makes with the three positive directions of the coordinate axes. Usually given as α, β, and γ with respect to the x-, y-, and z- axes
- (of a cosine) being the cosine of any of the direction angles
Word Origin and History for direction
c.1400, "orderly arrangement;" c.1500 as "action of directing," from Latin directionem (nominative directio), noun of action from past participle stem of dirigere (see direct (v.)). Meaning "course pursued by a moving object" is from 1660s. Related: Directional.
Idioms and Phrases with direction
see step in the right direction.