What does directory mean?

Definitions for directory
dɪˈrɛk tə ri, -tri, daɪ-di·rec·to·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. directory(noun)

    an alphabetical list of names and addresses

  2. directory(noun)

    (computer science) a listing of the files stored in memory (usually on a hard disk)


  1. directory(Noun)

    A list of names, addresses etc., of specific classes of people or organizations, often in alphabetical order or in some classification.

  2. directory(Noun)

    : A structured listing of the names and characteristics of the files on a storage device.

  3. directory(Noun)

    : A virtual container in a computer's file system, in which files and other directories may be stored. The files and subdirectories in a directory are usually related.

  4. Origin: directorie, from directorium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Directory(adj)

    containing directions; enjoining; instructing; directorial

  2. Directory(noun)

    a collection or body of directions, rules, or ordinances; esp., a book of directions for the conduct of worship; as, the Directory used by the nonconformists instead of the Prayer Book

  3. Directory(noun)

    a book containing the names and residences of the inhabitants of any place, or of classes of them; an address book; as, a business directory

  4. Directory(noun)

    a body of directors; board of management; especially, a committee which held executive power in France under the first republic

  5. Directory(noun)

    direction; guide

  6. Origin: [L. directorius.]


  1. Directory

    In computing, a directory is file system cataloging structure in which references to other computer files, and possibly other directories, are kept. On many computers directories are known as folders, catalogs, or drawers to provide some relevancy to a workbench or the traditional office file cabinet. On Microsoft Windows, the terms folder and directory are used interchangeably. Files are organized by storing related files in the same directory. In a hierarchical filesystem, a directory contained inside another directory is called a subdirectory. The terms parent and child are often used to describe the relationship between a subdirectory and the directory in which it is cataloged, the latter being the parent. The top-most directory in such a filesystem, which does not have a parent of its own, is called the root directory.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Directory

    Work consisting of an alphabetical or classified list of names, organizations, subjects, etc., giving usually titles, addresses, affiliations, and other professional data.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. directory

    In the history of France, the name given by the constitution of 1795, to an executive body composed of five members of the French republic. They assumed authority in a moment of immense peril. France was environed with gigantic adversaries, while distrust, discontent, and the malice of rival factions made her internal administration almost hopeless. The frantic heroism of her soldiers saved her from spoliation by the foreigner; but, on the contrary, the home policy of the Directory was deplorable. In 1799 the Directory was overthrown by the coup d’état of the 18th Brumaire, November 9, 1799, and was succeeded by the Consulate.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'directory' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3972

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'directory' in Nouns Frequency: #1969

How to pronounce directory?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of directory in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of directory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of directory in a Sentence

  1. Donald Sinden:

    An actor who knows his business ought to be able to make the London telephone directory sound enthralling.

  2. Chuck Grassley:

    So too does the Committee’s interest in learning the FBI agents ’ actual assessments of their interview of Lt. Gen. Flynn, particularly given the apparent contradiction between what then-Directory Comey told us in March 2017 and what he now claims.

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