a line leading to a place or point
"he looked the other direction"; "didn't know the way home"
the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves
"he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"
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"
guidance, counsel, counseling, counselling, direction(noun)
something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
the act of managing something
"he was given overall management of the program"; "is the direction of the economy a function of government?"
a message describing how something is to be done
"he gave directions faster than she could follow them"
steering, guidance, direction(noun)
the act of setting and holding a course
"a new council was installed under the direction of the king"
commission, charge, direction(noun)
a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
"the judge's charge to the jury"
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"
The action of directing; pointing (something) towards.
The trombonist looked to the bandleader for direction.
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.
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.
Origin: From directio.
the act of directing, of aiming, regulating, guiding, or ordering; guidance; management; superintendence; administration; as, the direction o/ public affairs or of a bank
that which is imposed by directing; a guiding or authoritative instruction; prescription; order; command; as, he grave directions to the servants
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
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
the body of managers of a corporation or enterprise; board of directors
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
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
(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
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
See ARC OF DIRECTION.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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.
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.
Song lyrics by direction -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by direction on the Lyrics.com website.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'direction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1163
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'direction' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1633
Rank popularity for the word 'direction' in Nouns Frequency: #405
The numerical value of direction in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of direction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of direction in a Sentence
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Translations for direction
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- посо́ка, ръково́дство, направле́ние, управле́ниеBulgarian
- direccióCatalan, Valencian
- režie, směrCzech
- Richtung, Regie, FührungGerman
- جهت, رژی, کارگردانیPersian
- àird, seòladh, iùlScottish Gaelic
- בימוי, ניהול, כיווןHebrew
- दिशा, दिHindi
- rendezés, irányHungarian
- ղեկավարում, վարում, ուղղություն, ղեկավարություն, կառավարումArmenian
- átt, stefnaIcelandic
- 方向, 지휘, 방향, 감독Korean
- vadovavimas, kryptisLithuanian
- virziens, vadība, vadīšanaLatvian
- пра́вец, управу́вање, ре́жија, рако́водство, раково́дење, на́сокаMacedonian
- സംവിധാനം, ദിശMalayalam
- produksjon, retning, ledelseNorwegian
- hodeezáNavajo, Navaho
- reżyseria, kierunek, kierowaniePolish
- direcție, sensRomanian
- режиссу́ра, направле́ние, управле́ние, руково́дствоRussian
- smjer, смер, режија, smer, смјер, rȇžijaSerbo-Croatian
- smer, režijaSlovene
- ledning, regi, riktning, hållSwedish
- ugur, tarapTurkmen
- yön, yTurkish
- на́прям, напря́мокUkrainian
- phương hướng, 方向, hướngVietnamese
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