What does direction mean?

Definitions for direction
dɪˈrɛk ʃən, ˈdaɪ-di·rec·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word direction.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. direction(Noun)

    The action of directing; pointing (something) towards.

    Etymology: From directio.

  2. direction(Noun)

    Guidance, instruction.

    The trombonist looked to the bandleader for direction.

    Etymology: From directio.

  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.

    Etymology: From directio.

  4. direction(Noun)

    An address.

    Etymology: From directio.

  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.

    Etymology: 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

Freebase

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. direction

    See ARC OF DIRECTION.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. direction

    In military mechanics, signifies the line or path of a body in motion, along which it endeavors to force its way, according to the propelling power that is given to it.

  2. direction

    In gunnery, is that element of pointing which relates to the movement of the piece around an imaginary vertical axis. The direction is given when the plane of sight passes through the object. Elevation is a movement about a horizontal axis.

Editors Contribution

  1. direction

    A line to a specific location or point.

    The direction of the flight was shown clearly on the computer.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  
  2. direction

    An accurate and specific action.

    The direction for us all is clear as we are united.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

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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

How to pronounce direction?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say direction in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of direction in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of direction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of direction in a Sentence

  1. Phil Flynn:

    The OPEC-plus meeting could give us a little direction.

  2. Tim Umberger:

    In the next three to six months, it will be a difficult period for the economy, but if people see that things are moving in the right direction, then Macri will have enough credit to continue, but it will be a bumpy road ahead.

  3. William Jackson at Capital Economics:

    The political moves point in the direction that things are likely to get worse rather than better from here on. So the lira is more likely to fall than to rise, this is about Turkish politics - I don't think there are other countries where politicians will take their cue from developments in Turkey.

  4. Steve Donzé:

    We had expected the PBOC (People's Bank of China) to ease more last year, but China is slowing more rapidly than elsewhere in the world, the direction of travel is now very clear.

  5. Matt Mackowiak:

    Generally, foreign policy has not been a major issue for voters because they don’t feel as if it affects them directly. I think the midterms are going to be about the economy, the direction of the country, whether they think Trump has been doing a good job.

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    • A. adscripted
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    • C. eminent
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