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English Dictionary: direct by the DICT Development Group
8 results for direct
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"
    Synonym(s): directly, straight, direct
  1. direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit"
    Antonym(s): indirect
  2. having no intervening persons, agents, conditions; "in direct sunlight"; "in direct contact with the voters"; "direct exposure to the disease"; "a direct link"; "the direct cause of the accident"; "direct vote"
    Synonym(s): direct, unmediated
  3. straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"
    Antonym(s): indirect
  4. in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"
    Synonym(s): lineal, direct
    Antonym(s): collateral, indirect
  5. moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
    Antonym(s): retrograde
  6. similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity; "a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)"
    Antonym(s): inverse
  7. (of a current) flowing in one direction only; "direct current"
    Antonym(s): alternating
  8. being an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of the accident"
  9. in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim"
    Synonym(s): direct, verbatim
  10. lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact; "the direct opposite"
  1. command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework"
  2. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
    Synonym(s): target, aim, place, direct, point
  3. guide the actors in (plays and films)
  4. be in charge of
  5. take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
    Synonym(s): lead, take, direct, conduct, guide
  6. cause to go somewhere; "The explosion sent the car flying in the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed all his energies into his dissertation"
    Synonym(s): send, direct
  7. point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent"
    Synonym(s): aim, take, train, take aim, direct
  8. lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
    Synonym(s): conduct, lead, direct
  9. give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; "I directed them towards the town hall"
  10. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
    Synonym(s): calculate, aim, direct
  11. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
    Synonym(s): steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise
  12. put an address on (an envelope)
    Synonym(s): address, direct
  13. plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery"
    Synonym(s): mastermind, engineer, direct, organize, organise, orchestrate
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Direct \Di*rect"\, a. (Political Science)
      Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the
      people through their votes instead of through one or more
      representatives or delegates; as, direct nomination, direct

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tax \Tax\, n. [F. taxe, fr. taxer to tax, L. taxare to touch,
      sharply, to feel, handle, to censure, value, estimate, fr.
      tangere, tactum, to touch. See {Tangent}, and cf. {Task},
      1. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed
            by authority. Specifically:
            (a) A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for
                  the support of a government.
                           A farmer of taxes is, of all creditors,
                           proverbially the most rapacious.   --Macaulay.
            (b) Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon
                  polls, lands, houses, income, etc.; as, a land tax; a
                  window tax; a tax on carriages, and the like.
      Note: Taxes are {annual} or {perpetual}, {direct} or
               {indirect}, etc.
            (c) A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society
                  to defray its expenses.
      2. A task exacted from one who is under control; a
            contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed
            upon a subject.
      3. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy
            tax on time or health.
      4. Charge; censure. [Obs.] --Clarendon.
      5. A lesson to be learned; a task. [Obs.] --Johnson.
      {Tax cart}, a spring cart subject to a low tax. [Eng.]
      Syn: Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate;
               assessment; exaction; custom; demand.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Demonstration \Dem`on*stra"tion\, n. [L. demonstratio: cf. F.
      1. The act of demonstrating; an exhibition; proof;
            especially, proof beyond the possibility of doubt;
            indubitable evidence, to the senses or reason.
                     Those intervening ideas which serve to show the
                     agreement of any two others are called
                     [bd]proofs;[b8] and where agreement or disagreement
                     is by this means plainly and clearly perceived, it
                     is called demonstration.                     --Locke.
      2. An expression, as of the feelings, by outward signs; a
            manifestation; a show.
                     Did your letters pierce the queen to any
                     demonstration of grief?                     --Shak.
                     Loyal demonstrations toward the prince. --Prescott.
      3. (Anat.) The exhibition and explanation of a dissection or
            other anatomical preparation.
      4. (Mil.) a decisive exhibition of force, or a movement
            indicating an attack.
      5. (Logic) The act of proving by the syllogistic process, or
            the proof itself.
      6. (Math.) A course of reasoning showing that a certain
            result is a necessary consequence of assumed premises; --
            these premises being definitions, axioms, and previously
            established propositions.
      {Direct}, [or] {Positive}, {demonstration} (Logic & Math.),
            one in which the correct conclusion is the immediate
            sequence of reasoning from axiomatic or established
            premises; -- opposed to
      {Indirect}, [or] {Negative}, {demonstration} (called also
            {reductio ad absurdum}), in which the correct conclusion
            is an inference from the demonstration that any other
            hypothesis must be incorrect.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Direct \Di*rect"\, a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct:
      cf. F. direct. See {Dress}, and cf. {Dirge}.]
      1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by
            the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct
            line; direct means.
                     What is direct to, what slides by, the question.
      2. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from
            truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
                     Be even and direct with me.               --Shak.
      3. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
                     He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
                     A direct and avowed interference with elections.
      4. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant
            in the direct line.
      5. (Astron.) In the direction of the general planetary
            motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs;
            not retrograde; -- said of the motion of a celestial body.
      {Direct action}. (Mach.) See {Direct-acting}.
      {Direct discourse} (Gram.), the language of any one quoted
            without change in its form; as, he said [bd]I can not
            come;[b8] -- correlative to {indirect discourse}, in which
            there is change of form; as, he said that he could not
            come. They are often called respectively by their Latin
            names, {oratio directa}, and {oratio obliqua}.
      {Direct evidence} (Law), evidence which is positive or not
            inferential; -- opposed to {circumstantial, [or] indirect,
            evidence}. -- This distinction, however, is merely formal,
            since there is no direct evidence that is not
            circumstantial, or dependent on circumstances for its
            credibility. --Wharton.
      {Direct examination} (Law), the first examination of a
            witness in the orderly course, upon the merits. --Abbott.
      {Direct fire} (Mil.), fire, the direction of which is
            perpendicular to the line of troops or to the parapet
            aimed at.
      {Direct process} (Metal.), one which yields metal in working
            condition by a single process from the ore. --Knight.
      {Direct tax}, a tax assessed directly on lands, etc., and
            polls, distinguished from taxes on merchandise, or
            customs, and from excise.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Direct \Di*rect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Directed}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Directing}.]
      1. To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a
            mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to direct
            an arrow or a piece of ordnance.
      2. To point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right
            course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way; as,
            he directed me to the left-hand road.
                     The Lord direct your into the love of God. --2
                                                                              Thess. iii. 5.
                     The next points to which I will direct your
                     attention.                                          --Lubbock.
      3. To determine the direction or course of; to cause to go on
            in a particular manner; to order in the way to a certain
            end; to regulate; to govern; as, to direct the affairs of
            a nation or the movements of an army.
                     I will direct their work in truth.      --Is. lxi. 8.
      4. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior;
            to order; as, he directed them to go.
                     I 'll first direct my men what they shall do.
      5. To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name
            and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to
            superscribe; as, to direct a letter.
      Syn: To guide; lead; conduct; dispose; manage; regulate;
               order; instruct; command.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Direct \Di*rect"\, v. i.
      To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
               Wisdom is profitable to direct.               --Eccl. x. 10.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Direct \Di*rect"\, n. (Mus.)
      A character, thus [[?]], placed at the end of a staff on the
      line or space of the first note of the next staff, to apprise
      the performer of its situation. --Moore (Encyc. of Music).
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