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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

di•rec•tiondɪˈrɛk ʃən, ˈdaɪ-(n.)

  1. an act or instance of directing.

  2. the line along which anything lies, faces, moves, etc., with reference to the point or region toward which it is directed.

  3. the point or region itself:

    The direction is north.

  4. a position on a line extending from a specific point toward a point of the compass or toward the nadir or the zenith.

  5. a line of thought or action or a tendency or inclination.

  6. Usu., directions. instruction or guidance for making, using, etc.

  7. order; command.

  8. management; control; supervision.

  9. an instruction by a stage or film director, musical conductor, author, or composer regarding the interpretation of a work, the actions or objectives of performers, technical effects, etc.

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  10. the technique, art, or business of giving such instruction.

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  11. a purpose or orientation toward a goal that serves to guide or motivate; focus.

Origin of direction:

1375–1425; late ME (< MF) < L dīrēctiō arranging in line, straightening. See direct , -tion


Princeton's WordNet

  1. direction, way(noun)

    a line leading to a place or point

    "he looked the other direction"; "didn't know the way home"

  2. direction(noun)

    the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves

    "he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"

  3. direction(noun)

    a general course along which something has a tendency to develop

    "I couldn't follow the direction of his thoughts"; "his ideals determined the direction of his career"; "they proposed a new direction for the firm"

  4. guidance, counsel, counseling, counselling, direction(noun)

    something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action

  5. management, direction(noun)

    the act of managing something

    "he was given overall management of the program"; "is the direction of the economy a function of government?"

  6. direction, instruction(noun)

    a message describing how something is to be done

    "he gave directions faster than she could follow them"

  7. steering, guidance, direction(noun)

    the act of setting and holding a course

    "a new council was installed under the direction of the king"

  8. commission, charge, direction(noun)

    a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something

    "the judge's charge to the jury"

  9. focus, focusing, focussing, focal point, direction, centering(noun)

    the concentration of attention or energy on something

    "the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology"; "he had no direction in his life"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. direction(noun)ɪˈrɛk ʃən, ˈdaɪ-

    a place sb or sth is facing or moving toward

    walking in the direction of the park; He didn't know which direction to turn.; in the same/opposite direction

  2. directionɪˈrɛk ʃən, ˈdaɪ-

    the ability to know which way to go

    to have a good sense of direction

  3. directionɪˈrɛk ʃən, ˈdaɪ-

    the way sb or sth develops

    Their lives were moving in different directions.

  4. directionɪˈrɛk ʃən, ˈdaɪ-

    a clear aim or purpose

    He felt his life lacked direction.

  5. directionɪˈrɛk ʃən, ˈdaɪ-

    managed or controlled by sb

    The museum is under the direction of a new curator.


  1. direction(Noun)

    The action of directing; pointing (something) towards.

  2. direction(Noun)

    Guidance, instruction.

    The trombonist looked to the bandleader for direction.

  3. direction(Noun)

    The work of the director in cinema or theater; the skill of directing a film, play etc.

    The screenplay was good, but the direction was weak.

  4. direction(Noun)

    An address.

  5. direction(Noun)

    The path or course of a given movement, or moving body; an indication of the point toward which an object is moving.

    Keep going in the same direction.

  6. Origin: From directio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Direction(noun)

    the act of directing, of aiming, regulating, guiding, or ordering; guidance; management; superintendence; administration; as, the direction o/ public affairs or of a bank

  2. Direction(noun)

    that which is imposed by directing; a guiding or authoritative instruction; prescription; order; command; as, he grave directions to the servants

  3. Direction(noun)

    the name and residence of a person to whom any thing is sent, written upon the thing sent; superscription; address; as, the direction of a letter

  4. Direction(noun)

    the line or course upon which anything is moving or aimed to move, or in which anything is lying or pointing; aim; line or point of tendency; direct line or course; as, the ship sailed in a southeasterly direction

  5. Direction(noun)

    the body of managers of a corporation or enterprise; board of directors

  6. Direction(noun)

    the pointing of a piece with reference to an imaginary vertical axis; -- distinguished from elevation. The direction is given when the plane of sight passes through the object


  1. Direction

    Direction is the information contained in the relative position of one point with respect to another point without the distance information. Directions may be either relative to some indicated reference, or absolute according to some previously agreed upon frame of reference. Direction is often indicated manually by an extended index finger or written as an arrow. On a vertically oriented sign representing a horizontal plane, such as a road sign, "forward" is usually indicated by an upward arrow. Mathematically, direction may be uniquely specified by a unit vector, or equivalently by the angles made by the most direct path with respect to a specified set of axes.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Direction

    (a) The direction of an electric current is assumed to be from a positively charged electrode or terminal to a negatively charged one in the outer circuit. (See Current.) (b) The direction of magnetic and electro-magnetic lines of force is assumed to be from north to south pole of a magnet in the outer circuit. It is sometimes called the positive direction. Their general course is shown in the cuts diagrammatically. The circles indicate a compass used in tracing their course. The magnetic needle tends to place itself in the direction of or tangential to the lines of force passing nearest it. (c) The direction of electrostatic lines of force is assumed to be out of a positively charged and to a negatively charged surface.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. direction

    In artillery and naval gunfire support, a term used by a spotter and/or observer in a call for fire to indicate the bearing of the spotting line. See also bearing; naval gunfire support; spotter; spotting line.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Direction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1163

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Direction' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1633

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Direction' in Nouns Frequency: #405

Anagrams of Direction

  1. cretinoid

Translations for Direction

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the) place or point to which one moves, looks etc

What direction did he go in?; They were heading in my direction (= towards me); I'll find my way all right; – I've a good sense of direction.

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