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di·rec·to·ry

 (dĭ-rĕk′tə-rē, dī-)
n. pl. di·rec·to·ries
1. A book containing an alphabetical or classified listing of names, addresses, and other data, such as telephone numbers, of specific persons, groups, or firms.
2. Computers An organizational unit for files that reside on a hard disk or other storage device. Also called folder.
3. A book of rules or directions.
4. A group or body of directors.
adj.
Serving to direct.

directory

(dɪˈrɛktərɪ; -trɪ; daɪ-)
n, pl -ries
1. (Communications & Information) a book, arranged alphabetically or classified by trade listing names, addresses, telephone numbers, etc, of individuals or firms
2. (Communications & Information) a book or manual giving directions
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a book containing the rules to be observed in the forms of worship used in churches
4. (Professions) a less common word for directorate2
5. (Computer Science) computing an area of a disk, Winchester disk, or floppy disk that contains the names and locations of files currently held on that disk
adj
directing

Directory

(dɪˈrɛktərɪ; -trɪ; daɪ-)
n
(Historical Terms) history the body of five directors in power in France from 1795 until their overthrow by Napoleon in 1799. Also known as: the French Directory

di•rec•to•ry

(dɪˈrɛk tə ri, -tri, daɪ-)

n., pl. -ries,
adj. n.
1. a book containing an alphabetical index of the names and addresses of persons in an area, organization, etc., or of a category of people.
2. a board or tablet on a wall of a building listing the location of the occupants.
3. a book of directions.
4.
a. a division in a hierarchical structure that organizes the storage of computer files on a disk.
b. a listing of such stored files.
5. the Directory, the body of five directors forming the executive power of France from 1795 to 1799.
adj.
6. serving to direct; directive.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]

directory

1. A very early nineteenth-century transitional phase between early US federal and empire styles that drew on Sheraton’s later output. It brought in paw feet, the federal eagle, and classical flutings.
2. Another name for folder.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.directory - an alphabetical list of names and addressesdirectory - an alphabetical list of names and addresses
book of facts, reference book, reference work, reference - a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
phone book, phonebook, telephone book, telephone directory - a directory containing an alphabetical list of telephone subscribers and their telephone numbers
blue book - a register of persons who are socially prominent
2.directory - (computer science) a listing of the files stored in memory (usually on a hard disk)
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
list, listing - a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
subdirectory - (computer science) a directory that is listed in another directory

directory

noun index, listing, list, record, register, catalogue, inventory a telephone directory
Translations
adresářseznam
=-bogadressebogtelefonbog
hakemistokansiopuhelinluettelo
direktorij
címtár
skrá
ディレクトリ一覧住所氏名録
전화번호부
adresár
imenik
adressförteckning
สมุดรายชื่อ
cuốn danh bạ

directory

[dɪˈrektərɪ]
A. N (also telephone directory) → guía f (telefónica); (= street directory) → callejero m, guía f de calles; (= trade directory) → directorio m de comercio (Comput) → directorio m
B. CPD directory assistance N (US) → información f (telefónica)
directory enquiries N (Brit) = directory assistance

directory

[dɪˈrɛktəri daɪˈrɛktəri] n
(= phone book) → annuaire m
(also street directory) → index m des rues, répertoire m des rues
(also trade directory) → annuaire m du commerce
(COMPUTING)répertoire mdirectory assistance n (US) (TELECOMMUNICATIONS)renseignements mpldirectory enquiries n (British) (TELECOMMUNICATIONS)renseignements mpldirect speech ndiscours m direct, style m directdirect tax nimpôt m directdirect taxation nimposition f directe

directory

n
Adressbuch nt; (= telephone directory)Telefonbuch nt; (= trade directory)Branchenverzeichnis nt; directory inquiries (Brit) or assistance (US) (Telec) → (Fernsprech)auskunft f
(Comput) → Verzeichnis nt, → Directory nt; to change directoriesdas Directory wechseln
(Hist) the Directorydas Direktorium

directory

[dɪˈrɛktrɪ] n (telephone directory) → elenco (telefonico); (street directory) → stradario; (trade directory) → repertorio del commercio (Comput) → directory m inv

direct

(diˈrekt) adjective
1. straight; following the quickest and shortest way. Is this the most direct route?
2. (of manner etc) straightforward and honest. a direct answer.
3. occurring as an immediate result. His dismissal was a direct result of his rudeness to the manager.
4. exact; complete. Her opinions are the direct opposite of his.
5. in an unbroken line of descent from father to son etc. He is a direct descendant of Napoleon.
verb
1. to point, aim or turn in a particular direction. He directed my attention towards the notice.
2. to show the way to. She directed him to the station.
3. to order or instruct. We will do as you direct.
4. to control or organize. A policeman was directing the traffic; to direct a film.
diˈrection (-ʃən) noun
1. (the) place or point to which one moves, looks etc. What direction did he go in?; They were heading in my direction (= towards me); I'll find my way all right – I've a good sense of direction.
2. guidance. They are under your direction.
3. (in plural) instructions (eg on how to get somewhere, use something etc). We asked the policeman for directions; I have lost the directions for this washing-machine.
4. the act of aiming or turning (something or someone) towards a certain point.
diˈrectional adjective
diˈrective (-tiv) noun
a general instruction from a higher authority about what is to be done etc.
diˈrectly adverb
1. in a direct manner. I went directly to the office.
2. almost at once. He will be here directly.
diˈrectness noun
diˈrector noun
a person or thing that directs, eg one of a group of persons who manage the affairs of a business or a person who is in charge of the making of a film, play etc. He is on the board of directors of our firm; The producer and the director quarrelled about the film.
diˈrectoryplural diˈrectories noun
a type of book giving names and addresses etc. a telephone directory.

directory

دَليلُ الهَاتِف adresář telefonbog Verzeichnis κατάλογος directorio telefónico, guía telefónica puhelinluettelo annuaire direktorij elenco telefonico 住所氏名録 전화번호부 telefoonboek katalog katalog diretório справочник adressförteckning สมุดรายชื่อ rehber cuốn danh bạ 电话簿

directory

n. directorio; junta;
telephone ___guía telefónica.
References in classic literature ?
The directory which fell into her hands was a year or more old, however, and upon reaching the number indicated, Edna discovered that the house was occupied by a respectable family of mulattoes who had chambres garnies to let.
Their theory, suitable for primitive and peaceful periods of history, has the inconvenience- in application to complex and stormy periods in the life of nations during which various powers arise simultaneously and struggle with one another- that a Legitimist historian will prove that the National Convention, the Directory, and Bonaparte were mere infringers of the true power, while a Republican and a Bonapartist will prove: the one that the Convention and the other that the Empire was the real power, and that all the others were violations of power.
The servant was sent at once to the nearest stationer's to borrow a Directory.
Thence to a public library, but could find no satisfactory Schlegel in the directory.
I procured a local directory, put fifty tickets in my pocket, dressed myself in nankeen pantaloons and a sky-blue coat (then the height of fashion), and set forth to tout for dancers among all the members of the genteel population, who, not being notorious Puritans, had also not been so obliging as to take tickets for the ball.
From my small medical shelf I took down the Medical Directory and turned up the name.
A New York directory and an atlas were at his elbow.
At ten o'clock he arose and pored over the city directory.
It was the heart of a most respectable rich man, whose name is certain to be found in the Directory.
This anticipation was strictly verified, for Kit had had his dinner, and his tea, and had read all the lighter matter in the Law-List, and the Post-Office Directory, and had fallen asleep a great many times, before the gentleman whom he had seen before, came in; which he did at last in a very great hurry.
The chevalier allowed two watch-chains to hang parallel to each other from each of his waistcoat pockets,--another vestige of the eighteenth century, which the Incroyables had not disdained to use under the Directory.
Did not his qualifications, his membership, and the record of his writings fill a long half-column in the "Medical Directory," from his first little paper on the "Gouty Diathesis" in 1859 to his exhaustive treatise upon "Affections of the Vaso-Motor System" in 1884?

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