[ dih-rek-shuhn, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈrɛk ʃən, ˈdaɪ- /
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the act or an instance of directing.
the line along which anything lies, faces, moves, etc., with reference to the point or region toward which it is directed: The storm moved in a northerly direction.
the point or region itself: The direction is north.
a position on a line extending from a specific point toward a point of the compass or toward the nadir or the zenith.
a line of thought or action or a tendency or inclination: the direction of contemporary thought.
Usually directions. instruction or guidance for making, using, etc.: directions for baking a cake.
management; control; guidance; supervision: a company under good direction.
the name and address of the intended recipient as written on a letter, package, etc.
decisions in a stage or film production as to stage business, speaking of lines, lighting, and general presentation.
the technique, act, or business of making such decisions, managing and training a cast of actors, etc.
the technique, act, or business of directing an orchestra, concert, or other musical presentation or group.
Music. a symbol or phrase that indicates in a score the proper tempo, style of performance, mood, etc.
a purpose or orientation toward a goal that serves to guide or motivate; focus: He doesn't seem to have any direction in life.
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Origin of direction
synonym study for direction
5. See tendency.
OTHER WORDS FROM directiondi·rec·tion·less, adjectivepre·di·rec·tion, nounself-di·rec·tion, nounsu·per·di·rec·tion, noun
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How to use direction in a sentence
People would have to become much more capable of self-direction as well as of voluntary co-operation than they are now.The Behavior of Crowds|Everett Dean Martin
There is a great body of young men who float on the stream of life with no self-direction.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women|George Sumner Weaver
The desire for self-direction has made a thousand philosophies as contradictory as the temperaments of the thinkers.A Preface to Politics|Walter Lippmann
Only by the exercise of self-guidance and intelligent self-direction can that inalienable, supreme, pivotal power be expressed.The Pivot of Civilization|Margaret Sanger
Many teachers and parents insist upon guiding the pupil long after he is capable of self-direction.Training the Teacher|A. F. Schauffler
British Dictionary definitions for direction
/ (dɪˈrɛkʃən, daɪ-) /
the act of directing or the state of being directed
management, control, or guidance
the work of a stage or film director
the course or line along which a person or thing moves, points, or lies
the course along which a ship, aircraft, etc, is travelling, expressed as the angle between true or magnetic north and an imaginary line through the main fore-and-aft axis of the vessel
the place towards which a person or thing is directed
a line of action; course
the name and address on a letter, parcel, etc
music the process of conducting an orchestra, choir, etc
music an instruction in the form of a word or symbol heading or occurring in the body of a passage, movement, or piece to indicate tempo, dynamics, mood, etc
- (of an angle) being any one of the three angles that a line in space makes with the three positive directions of the coordinate axes. Usually given as α, β, and γ with respect to the x-, y-, and z- axes
- (of a cosine) being the cosine of any of the direction angles
See also directions
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Other Idioms and Phrases with direction
see step in the right direction.
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