direction

Definitions

  • Direction of the Pad in French Polishing
    Direction of the Pad in French Polishing
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n direction the act of setting and holding a course "a new council was installed under the direction of the king"
    • n direction the act of managing something "he was given overall management of the program","is the direction of the economy a function of government?"
    • n direction the concentration of attention or energy on something "the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology","he had no direction in his life"
    • n direction 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"
    • n direction something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
    • n direction a message describing how something is to be done "he gave directions faster than she could follow them"
    • n direction a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something "the judge's charge to the jury"
    • n direction a line leading to a place or point "he looked the other direction","didn't know the way home"
    • n direction the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves "he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

View looking directly towards the stage View looking directly towards the stage
The Adminstration Buildin' hove up directly in front of us The Adminstration Buildin' hove up directly in front of us
A GREAT THUNDERSTORM SCATTERED THEM IN EVERY DIRECTION A GREAT THUNDERSTORM SCATTERED THEM IN EVERY DIRECTION
Restoration of Brontosaurus by C.R. Knight, under direction of Professor Osborn Restoration of Brontosaurus by C.R. Knight, under direction of Professor Osborn
Direct electricity generation by combustion Direct electricity generation by combustion
Horizontal Direct-Acting Naval Screw-Engine Horizontal Direct-Acting Naval Screw-Engine
WHERE ALL MERIDIANS MEET AND EVERY DIRECTION IS SOUTH WHERE ALL MERIDIANS MEET AND EVERY DIRECTION IS SOUTH
THE BEANS SCATTERED IN EVERY DIRECTION THE BEANS SCATTERED IN EVERY DIRECTION

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "limelight" that is used in theatre to refer to the performers on the stage originated because before electricity was available lime was burned in a lamp, which created a white light that was directed at the performers
    • Direction That which is imposed by directing; a guiding or authoritative instruction; prescription; order; command; as, he grave directions to the servants. "The princes digged the well . . . by the direction of the law giver."
    • Direction The act of directing, of aiming, regulating, guiding, or ordering; guidance; management; superintendence; administration; as, the direction of public affairs or of a bank. "I do commit his youth
      To your direction ."
      "All nature is but art, unknown to thee;
      ll chance, direction , which thou canst not see."
    • Direction The body of managers of a corporation or enterprise; board of directors.
    • Direction 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 .
    • Direction 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.
    • Direction (Gun) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A cockroach can change directions up to 25 times in a second
    • n direction Relative position considered without regard to linear distance. The direction of a point, A, from another point, B, is or is not the same as the direction of a point, C, from another point, D, according as a straight line drawn from B through A and continued to infinity would or would not cut thecelestial sphereat the same point as a straight line drawn from D through C and also continued to infinity. Every motion of a point has a determinate direction; for if any motion from any instant were to lose all curvature, it would tend toward a determinate point of the celestial sphere, which would define its direction at the instant when it ceased to be deflected. It is inaccurate to say that a line has a determinate direction, because a motion along that line has either one of two opposite directions. Yet the word direction is sometimes used in a loose sense in which, opposite directions not being distinguished, the direction of a line is spoken of, meaning the pair of opposite directions.
    • n direction The act of governing; administration; management; guidance; superintendence: as, the direction of public affairs, of domestic concerns, of a bank, of conscience; to study under the direction of a tutor.
    • n direction The act of directing, aiming, pointing, or applying: as, the direction of good works to a good end.
    • n direction The end or object toward which something is directed.
    • n direction An order; a prescription, either verbal or written; instruction in what manner to proceed.
    • n direction In equity pleading, that part of the bill containing the address to the court.
    • n direction In music, the act or office of a conductor or director.
    • n direction A superscription, as on a letter or package, directing to whom and where it is to be sent; an address.
    • n direction A body or board of directors; a directorate.
    • n direction In astrology, the difference of right or oblique ascension between the significator and promotor.
    • n direction In mech.: The line in which a body moves or tends to proceed, according to the force impressed upon it. Thus, if a body falls freely by gravity, its line of direction is a line perpendicular to the horizon, or one which, if produced, would pass through the earth's center.
    • n direction A line drawn from the center of gravity of any body perpendicular to the horizon.
    • n direction Synonyms Oversight, government, control.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For many years, the globe on the NBC Nightly News spun in the wrong direction. On January 2, 1984, NBC finally set the world spinning back in the proper direction.
    • n Direction aim at a certain point: the line of course in which anything moves: guidance: command: the body of persons who guide or manage a matter: the written name and residence of a person
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Quotations

  • Marcel Proust
    Marcel%20Proust
    “The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.”
  • W. H. Sheldon
    W. H. Sheldon
    “Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.”
  • Susan Sontag
    Susan%20Sontag
    “In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret.”
  • Vince Lombardi
    Vince%20Lombardi
    “The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    Jeremy%20Taylor
    “Curiosity is the direct incontinence of the spirit.”
  • Douglas Macarthur
    Douglas%20Macarthur
    “We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. directio,: cf. F. direction,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dirigĕre, directumdi, apart, and regĕre, to rule, to make straight.

Usage

In literature:

Her regard though momentary was very direct.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
This movement, directed by General Joffre, was a remarkably able one.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
There is no lack of efforts to improve the race, by this method of direct change of the environment.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
On the 25th of March, 1609, Hudson set sail in this vessel from Amsterdam, and steered directly for the coast of Nova Zembla.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Not mentally directed and yet certainly directed.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
Its culture, therefore, not only arose at a later period than that of Babylonia, but was a direct importation from the south.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
The direct cable is attached to the front of the "turn", and the return cable to the rear end.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
A change of direction of 45 deg.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
So I might leave it to do its own work, but I may perhaps be allowed to follow out the thought in one or two directions.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The boat had not passed many minutes, when the loud screeching of her steam was heard in the direction of Point Coupee.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
At last, growing impatient, we approached and thrust our long sticks into the hollow, feeling about in every direction.
"Afar in the Forest" by W.H.G. Kingston
The flowers and fruits grow directly out of the trunk and branches.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
His directions were promptly obeyed, and having surveyed his cabin, he seemed satisfied that all was in perfect order.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Their bodies were searched for in every direction in vain; the old man mourned for the child, of whom he was very fond, and died shortly after.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
Spider might have fancied that the eyes turned aloft were directed at him, instead of towards the sluggish royals.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
He turned with a savage gripping at his heart, and stumbled back in the direction from whence he had come.
"The Forged Note" by Oscar Micheaux
Their effects in the Ohio valley, lying exactly in the direction of their action, were slight.
"The American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Their effects in the Ohio valley, lying exactly in the direction of their action, were slight.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The direction of the arrow indicates the direction of incident light.
"Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
If the current is reversed in direction the magnetoscope needle is deflected in the reverse direction.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
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In poetry:

O! now when she whose eyes more bright
Than shine those dew drops to the day,
Direct on me their beaming light,
And mock the diamond's fainter ray;
"To Her I Love" by Charlotte Dacre
Make all, that under thy direction dwell,
In goodness and in piety exceed:
As Noah did the former world excel
In holiness, and ev'ry virtuous deed.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
When walking spruce along the street
What eyes you draw! what bows you meet!
Future directions seem far better,
With Reverend fronting every letter.
"To A Friend Going Into The Ministry" by William Hutton
E'er since that Day the beauteous Maid
Governs the World in Cupid's stead;
Directs his Arrow as She wills;
Gives Grief, or Pleasure; spares, or kills.
"Love Disarmed" by Matthew Prior
“Come, for all else must fall and die;
Earth is no resting-place for thee;
Heavenward direct thy weeping eye,
I am thy Portion; come to Me.”
"With tearful eyes I look around;" by Charlotte Elliott
'Tis not the sun's, or moon's, so bright,
'Tis not the stars that gleam on high,
But the sweet Word and Gospel's light,
That can direct thee to the sky.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Consumers can purchase items directly from the videos.
Directed, edited by Annie Eastman.
Data for Numbers 2004 is based on information provided directly by suppliers in these categories.
His awards are for directing, because he is a visual artist.
It's a rare township meeting where talk is dominated by matters that directly do not influence that township.
My students and I identify the cardinal direction of east based on the position of the sun during early morning.
Comedy Fantasy Directed by: Tom Shadyac Starring: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Anniston, Phiip Baker Hall, Steven Carell.
Each month, you'll be able to get answers directly from experts covering a wide range of parenting topics.
The Poetry of Thought From Hellenism to Celan George Steiner New Directions, $24.95, 192 pp.
A Small Act Directed by Jennifer Arnold HBO Documentary Films Opens October 29, Quad Cinema.
Services and burial for Eugene Aman , 95, of Mobridge will be at 9:30 am MT Monday, Oct 15, 2012, at the Black Hills National Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
As I browsed through them, it occurred to me that, to take these photographs, the photographer had to look directly into the sun.
Unless each new measure is directly challenged, strategic ambiguity would be a lot more fun for Iran than for the rest of us.
The Wall Street Journal has a story on an interesting and very important battle over the direction of the Kansas state legislature.
He calls Britain's return to direct rule 'modern-day colonialism.'.
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In science:

Therefore, given a (directed) diagram ∆ in Rng , we have a (directed) diagram “Ab(∆)” in ABEX where any commutativity relations in the original diagram ∆ are replaced by strict commutativity relations between the corresponding functors; we will use the term strictly directed for such directed diagrams.
Abelian categories and definable additive categories
Then note that this directed system in PREADD is strictly directed (by inclusions) and has R as its strict direct limit so, by 2.16, we have the first assertion.
Abelian categories and definable additive categories
That this is a directed system in Rng follows from the coherence condition on the φ in the definition of directed sysBλ , the direct limit of this system is (isomorphic to) R′ . tem.
Abelian categories and definable additive categories
That restricted functor commutes with direct products and with those direct limits of pure-injectives where the direct limit ob ject happens to be in Pinj(D) (for short we may describe that second condition as “commuting with those direct limits in Pinj(D)”).
Abelian categories and definable additive categories
That is: suppose Pinj(D) → C commutes with direct products and with those direct limits diagrams of ob jects in Pinj(D) whose direct limit also is in Pinj(D); then does this extend to a morphism in DEF from D to C ? We show that this is so.
Abelian categories and definable additive categories
These exact sequences form a directed system in H and so the direct limit is exact and, by definition of f ∗ as Ind(f0 ), that direct limit is 0 → f ∗G′ → f ∗G → f ∗G′′ → 0, so f ∗ is exact.
Abelian categories and definable additive categories
In particular, we study the two-hop walk process which naturally generalizes in directed graphs: each node does a two-hop directed random walk and adds a directed edge to its destination.
Discovery through Gossip
In what follows, a,b and c will be the vectors of our doubled unit cell so that a and b directions will refer to the [110] directions of the conventional centered unit cell and c to the direction perpendicular to them.
First-principles study of the ferroelectric Aurivillius phase Bi2WO6
In a Penning trap, the field consists of a uniform magnetic field in the ˆz-direction ((cid:126)B = B0 ˆz) and a harmonic trapping (anti-trapping) electric potential in the ˆz-direction ( ˆr-direction) with frequency ω1 .
Engineered 2D Ising interactions on a trapped-ion quantum simulator with hundreds of spins
The variable u ∈ R2 represents the displacement from γ (t) in the tangent direction vt , so that (σt g)(0) = g(γ (t)) always represents the metric at γ (t), and the axial directions ∂ /∂u1 and ∂ /∂u2 correspond to the directions vt and v⊥ t , respectively.
Geodesics of Random Riemannian Metrics I: Random Perturbations of Euclidean Geometry
Consider the multigraph obtained through the directed configuration model from the bi-degree-sequence (mn , dn ), and let Sn be the number of self-loops and Mn be the number of multiple edges in the same direction, that is, if there are k ≥ 2 (directed) edges from node vi to node vj , they contribute (k − 1) to Mn .
Directed random graphs with given degree distributions
Thresholds for strong connectivity were established for random directed graphs by Pal´asti (for random directed graphs with M edges) and Graham and Pike (for random directed graphs with edge probability p).
Spreading Processes and Large Components in Ordered, Directed Random Graphs
Gi′s are additive groups we call direct sum instead of direct product and Gi′s are called its direct summands instead of factors.
Excursions in Group Theory
Since we focus on sampling undirected graphs in this paper, for a real-world directed graph (e.g., Epinions), we first convert it to an undirected one by only keeping edges that appear in both directions in the original directed graph.
Faster Random Walks By Rewiring Online Social Networks On-The-Fly
While there is a direction in which the point repels tra jectories, the non-linearities of the system will move any tra jectory away from this exact direction and the attractive behaviour in the other directions will dominate.
Generalized hybrid metric-Palatini gravity
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