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 self-directingindependent, autonomous, separate, democratic, freed, sovereign, liberated, emancipated, self-governing, autarchic, individualistic, unconstrained, autonomic, self-directing
Examples from the Web for self-directing
Historical Examples of self-directing
She is not recognized as a self-directing, responsible agent.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
George Sumner Weaver
They assume the attitude of self-directing and self-responsible bodies.The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians
G. G. Findlay
We can make its impulses follow a rut, so to speak, but we cannot make them free and self-directing.Ways of Nature
There are always opaque facts as well as self-directing agents.The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays
The soul may be a mechanism, but it is a self-directing and self-executing mechanism.
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.