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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  • It was a fine life, but the days blurred one into the next, directionless.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow



British Dictionary definitions for directionless

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 directionless

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with directionless

direction

see step in the right direction.

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