noun, plural di·rec·to·ries.
- Also called folder. an organizing unit in a computer's file system for storing and locating files. In a hierarchical file system, directories can contain child directories (subdirectories) as well as files.
- a description of characteristics of a particular file, as the layout of fields within each record.
Origin of directory
Examples from the Web for directory
Yoon's letter also noted the change to the "Blue Book"—the U.N. directory of missions.
Oddly, her crisis-management and communications firm, Smith & Company, is not listed in any directory.Crisis-Management Experts Weigh In on How to Handle Petraeus Scandal|Sandra McElwaine|November 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Directory thought as much, and declined to accept his resignation in the most flattering terms.Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete|Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
But the Directory had decided on their system, and it was not by reasoning that their decision was to be changed.Life And Times Of Washington, Volume 2|John Frederick Schroeder
Two other drafts were drawn up at the orders of the Directory, but neither gave satisfaction.The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)|John Holland Rose
To be sure, Mr. Starkweather had promised him the meanest job in the directory, but Henry had put it down as a figure of speech.Rope|Holworthy Hall
Catharine's successor, the Czar Paul, set aside the overtures of the Directory.History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)|John Richard Green
British Dictionary definitions for directory (1 of 2)
noun plural -ries
British Dictionary definitions for directory (2 of 2)
noun the Directory
Word Origin and History for directory
1540s, "guide, book of rules," from Medieval Latin directorium, noun use of neuter of Latin directorius, from directus (see direct (v.)). Meaning "alphabetical listing of inhabitants of a region" is from 1732; listing of telephone numbers is from 1908. As an adjective, from mid-15c.