- 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 directions
With directions from police, Lindsey and his boss were able to make it to safety.Frat Culture Clashes With Riot Police at Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival
October 19, 2014
And that's why nearly all speculation, learned or otherwise, about the future directions of jazz is always futile.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
Growing up, you used to have to do things like ask people for directions instead of just looking it up on your smartphone.Jeremy Renner Opens Up About Marriage, His Problems with the Media, and the Future of Hawk-Eye
September 29, 2014
The acts ranged from the mundane to the unexpected: Assisted a tourist with directions because he looked lost.It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral
September 23, 2014
The exploding bombs and gunpowder leveled every structure for hundreds of yards in all directions.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
He wrote the directions on one of his cards and paid the man.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
You shall all have your directions in writing, if there be occasion.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Gilder scrupulously followed the directions of the Police Inspector.Within the Law
And in other directions the future looked brighter than it had done for many years.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
I hear voices in all directions, and never have they been so distinct as at this moment.The Dream
- (sometimes singular) instructions for doing something or for reaching a place
- 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 directions
"instructions on how to get somewhere," 1590s, plural of direction (q.v.).
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 directions
see step in the right direction.