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).
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Origin of direct
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Example sentences from the Web for self-directing
There are always opaque facts as well as self-directing agents.The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays|Thorstein Veblen
She is not recognized as a self-directing, responsible agent.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women|George Sumner Weaver
It teaches almost every infamy under the heavens for woman, and it does not recognize her as a self-directing, free human being.Men, Women, and Gods|Helen H. Gardener
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|John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for self-directing
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