What does direction mean?

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

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word direction.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. direction, waynoun

    a line leading to a place or point

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

  2. directionnoun

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

    "he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"

  3. directionnoun

    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, directionnoun

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

  5. management, directionnoun

    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, instructionnoun

    a message describing how something is to be done

    "he gave directions faster than she could follow them"

  7. steering, guidance, directionnoun

    the act of setting and holding a course

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

  8. commission, charge, directionnoun

    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, centeringnoun

    the concentration of attention or energy on something

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


  1. directionnoun

    The action of directing; pointing (something) towards.

  2. directionnoun

    Guidance, instruction.

    The trombonist looked to the bandleader for direction.

  3. directionnoun

    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. directionnoun

    An address.

  5. directionnoun

    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. Etymology: From directio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Directionnoun

    Etymology: directio, Latin.

    The direction of good works to a good end, is the only principle that distinguishes charity. George Smalridge, Serm.

    These mens opinions are not the product of judgment, or the consequence of reason; but the effects of chance and hazard, of a mind floating at all adventures, without choice, and without direction. John Locke.

    No particle of matter, nor any combination of particles, that is, no body can either move of itself, or of itself alter the direction of its motion. George Cheyne.

    From the counsel that St. Jerome giveth Læta, of taking heed how she read the apocrypha; as also by the help of other learned mens judgments, delivered in like case, we may take direction. Richard Hooker, b. 5. s. 20.

    Ev’n now
    I put myself to thy direction. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    He needs not our mistrust, since he delivers
    Our offices, and what we have to do,
    To the direction just. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The nobles of the people digged it by the direction of the law-giver. Numb. xxi. 18.

    Mens passions and God’s direction seldom agree. Charles I .

    All nature is but art unknown to thee,
    All chance, direction which thou can’st not see. Alexander Pope, Ess.

    General directions for scholastic disputers, is never to dispute upon mere trifles. Isaac Watts, Improv. Mind, p. 113.


  1. direction

    Direction refers to the course or path along which something is moving, pointing, or facing. It also refers to the guidance or instruction on how to do something. In a broader perspective, direction can be the management, supervision, or guidance of a group or operation. It can also refer to a course of action or procedure decided or dictated by an authority.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Directionnoun

    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. Directionnoun

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

  3. Directionnoun

    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. Directionnoun

    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. Directionnoun

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

  6. Directionnoun

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. 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

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  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. Nina Dobrev:

    I’ve loved working on this show, it’s been such a crazy, awesome adventure and I’ve been surrounded by so many people who I consider family. I know this is a new exciting step in the right direction for me, but it’s going to be so strange not to be with them.

  2. Waleed Shahid:

    There is a massive effort by Republicans and by the corporate wing of the Democratic Party to destroy the' squad' and make it seem like they're vulnerable and out of touch, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was already able to show that much of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is manufactured. In terms of Rashida and Ilhan, I just think that the' squad' represents the direction that the Democratic Party is heading.

  3. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

    He ordered me to every direction, we had a conversation. ... He asked me my name and he asked me where I'm from. First few minutes my hands were shaking and I was having trouble driving. I was very scared.

  4. Chief Executive Officer Michael McCain:

    A MLF colleague of mine lost his wife and family this week to a needless, irresponsible series of events in Iran. U.S. government leaders unconstrained by checks/balances, concocted an ill-conceived plan to divert focus from political woes, the world knows Iran is a dangerous state, but the world found a path to contain it; not perfect but by most accounts it was the right direction.

  5. Carolyn Bourdeaux:

    A lot of Electing Women were very much galvanized by Donald Trump, and Electing Women concerns over the direction of the country, and the loss of really basic rights -- reproductive rights -- that all of a sudden was on the ballot in a way that it was not before. So being a woman, I think, was helpful in speaking to those issues.

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