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
Related Words for directnessmodesty, candor, restraint, unity, purity, clarity, integrity, directness, simplicity, honesty, truthfulness, probity, sincerity, fairness, frankness, brightness, certainty, precision, transparency, lucidity
Examples from the Web for directness
Contemporary Examples of directness
He spoke without notes and inspired confidence in a hurt world because of his directness, honesty, and compassion.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
Since then, no president has spoken to the American people with so much candor, directness, and vision.Jimmy Carter Was a Lot Better President Than Almost Anyone Ever Admits
April 1, 2014
Mentally, he is full of aggression, thrust, directness, essentially active, not passive.“I hear Gore’s voice and I want so much to be with him”
October 26, 2013
Again and again, Huntsman took the risk of honesty and directness and was rewarded for it.Jon Huntsman Earns His Applause at Sunday’s N.H. Debate
January 8, 2012
Historical Examples of directness
Did the very simplicity and directness of his nature baffle her?The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
They were not prepared for his swiftness and directness, for his attack without warning.White Fang
In their eyes were the extraordinary boldness and directness of the sea.A Spirit in Prison
There is a directness of aim in virtue which gives an insight into vice.The Republic
There was something to account for this directness of leading.Lotus Buds
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.