direction

[dih-rek-shuh n, dahy-]

noun


Origin of direction

1375–1425; late Middle English direccioun (< Middle French) < Latin dīrēctiōn- (stem of dīrēctiō) “arranging in line, straightening.” See direct, -ion
Related formsdi·rec·tion·less, adjectivepre·di·rec·tion, nounself-di·rec·tion, nounsu·per·di·rec·tion, noun

Synonym study

5. See tendency.
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Examples from the Web for direction

Contemporary Examples of direction

Historical Examples of direction

  • 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)

    Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for direction

direction

noun

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
  1. (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
  2. (of a cosine) being the cosine of any of the direction angles
See also directions
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Word Origin and History for direction
n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with direction

direction

see step in the right direction.

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