[ dih-rek-ter, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈrɛk tər, daɪ- /
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a person or thing that directs.
one of a group of persons chosen to control or govern the affairs of a company or corporation: a board of directors.
the person responsible for the interpretive aspects of a stage, film, or television production; the person who supervises the integration of all the elements, as acting, staging, and lighting, required to realize the writer's conception.Compare producer (def. 3).
the musical conductor of an orchestra, chorus, etc.
the manager or chief executive of certain schools, institutes, government bureaus, etc.
Military. a mechanical or electronic device that continuously calculates firing data for use against an airplane or other moving target.



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Origin of director

From Late Latin, dating back to 1470–80; see origin at direct, -tor

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British Dictionary definitions for director

/ (dɪˈrɛktə, daɪ-) /


a person or thing that directs, controls, or regulates
a member of the governing board of a business concern who may or may not have an executive function
a person who directs the affairs of an institution, trust, educational programme, etc
the person responsible for the artistic and technical aspects of making a film or television programmeCompare producer (def. 4)
music another word (esp US) for conductor (def. 2)

Derived forms of director

directorial, adjectivedirectorially, adverbdirectorship, noundirectress, fem n
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Medical definitions for director

[ dĭ-rĕktər, dī- ]


A smoothly grooved instrument used with a knife to limit the incision of tissues.staff
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