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 (dĭ-rĕk′shən, dī-)
1. The management, supervision, or guidance of a group or operation: The manager's direction of the sales campaign has been highly effective.
2. The art or action of directing a musical, theatrical, or cinematic production.
a. An authoritative order or command: The supervisor shouted directions to employees in the warehouse.
b. Music A word or phrase in a score indicating how a passage is to be played or sung.
c. directions Instructions in how to do something or reach a destination: read the directions before assembling the grill; asked for directions in how to get to the lake.
a. The course along which a person or thing is moving or must move to reach a destination: The boat left the bay and sailed in a northerly direction.
b. The point toward which a person or thing faces or is oriented: The twins stood back to back, looking in opposite directions.
5. A course or line of development; a tendency toward a particular end or goal: charting a new direction for the company.

[Middle English, arrangement, from Latin dīrēctiō, dīrēctiōn-, from dīrēctus, past participle of dīrigere, to direct; see direct.]

di·rec′tion·less adj.
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(dɪˈrɛkʃən; daɪ-)
1. the act of directing or the state of being directed
2. management, control, or guidance
3. (Theatre) the work of a stage or film director
4. (Film) the work of a stage or film director
5. the course or line along which a person or thing moves, points, or lies
6. (Navigation) the course along which a ship, aircraft, etc, is travelling, expressed as the angle between true or magnetic north and an imaginary line through the main fore-and-aft axis of the vessel
7. the place towards which a person or thing is directed
8. a line of action; course
9. (Communications & Information) the name and address on a letter, parcel, etc
10. (Classical Music) music the process of conducting an orchestra, choir, etc
11. (Music, other) music an instruction in the form of a word or symbol heading or occurring in the body of a passage, movement, or piece to indicate tempo, dynamics, mood, etc
12. (Mathematics) (modifier) maths
a. (of an angle) being any one of the three angles that a line in space makes with the three positive directions of the coordinate axes. Usually given as α, β, and γ with respect to the x-, y-, and z-axes
b. (of a cosine) being the cosine of any of the direction angles
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(dɪˈrɛk ʃən, ˈdaɪ-)

1. an act or instance of directing.
2. the line along which anything lies, faces, moves, etc., with reference to the point or region toward which it is directed.
3. the point or region itself: The direction is north.
4. a position on a line extending from a specific point toward a point of the compass or toward the nadir or the zenith.
5. a line of thought or action or a tendency or inclination.
6. Usu., directions. instruction or guidance for making, using, etc.
7. order; command.
8. management; control; supervision.
9. an instruction by a stage or film director, musical conductor, author, or composer regarding the interpretation of a work, the actions or objectives of performers, technical effects, etc.
10. the technique, art, or business of giving such instruction.
11. a purpose or orientation toward a goal that serves to guide or motivate; focus.
[1375–1425; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin dīrēctiō arranging in line, straightening. See direct, -tion]
di•rec′tion•less, adj.
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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; call for fire; naval gunfire support; spotter; spotting line.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.



as the crow flies In a straight line; by the most direct route. This expression stems from the widely held belief that a crow flies in a straight line from one point to another. Sporting Magazine used the phrase as early as 1810.

bolt upright Straight up; stiffly upright; on end. This expression derives from bolt meaning ‘projectile, arrow.’ It was used as early as 1386 in Chaucer’s Reeve’s Tale.

follow one’s nose See INTUITION.

from pillar to post Aimlessly or futilely from place to place; purposelessly from one thing to another; from predicament to predicament, often with the sense of being beleaguered or harassed. The expression is among the oldest in the language, first appearing as from post to pillar.

Thus from post to pillar was he made to dance. (Lydgate, Assembly of Gods, 1420)

There is little agreement regarding its origin. One theory holds that it stems from tennis but fails to explain how. Other sources see its roots in manège: the pillar being the column at the center of the riding ground, the posts those that in pairs mark its circumference. Yet another hypothesizes that it derives from the custom of bloodthirsty crowds following convicted persons “from pillory to whipping-post.” Today the phrase most often describes a lack of direction or purpose or the futility of receiving the runaround, as with bureaucratic red tape. It also exists as an adjective.

The pillar-to-post travels from one official to another. (Pall Mall Gazette, August, 1887)

go around Robin Hood’s barn To arrive at one’s destination by a circuitous route; to proceed in a very roundabout way. The origin of the expression is unknown. It has no logical association with the legendary Robin Hood, who, of course, had no barn, though it may have been formed by analogy with other possessives whose meanings are connected with that figure’s exploits: Robin Hood’s mile ‘one several times the recognized length’; Robin Hood’s bargain ‘a cheap purchase.’ The expression appeared in print at least as early as the 18th century.

I can sell them abundantly fast without the trouble of going round Robin Hood’s barn. (Mason Locke Weems, Letters, 1797)

make a beeline See PACE.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.direction - a line leading to a place or pointdirection - a line leading to a place or point; "he looked the other direction"; "didn't know the way home"
itinerary, route, path - an established line of travel or access
bearing, heading, aim - the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
trend, course - general line of orientation; "the river takes a southern course"; "the northeastern trend of the coast"
east-west direction - in a direction parallel with lines of latitude
north-south direction - in a direction parallel with lines of longitude
qibla - the direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims turn for their daily prayers
trend, tendency - a general direction in which something tends to move; "the shoreward tendency of the current"; "the trend of the stock market"
2.direction - the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves; "he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"
spatial relation, position - the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated; "the position of the hands on the clock"; "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"
frontage - the direction in which something (such as a building) faces
orientation - position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions
opposition - a direction opposite to another
windward - the direction from which the wind is coming
leeward - the direction in which the wind is blowing
seaward - the direction toward the sea
compass point, point - any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass"
compass north, magnetic north, north - the direction in which a compass needle points
north - the direction corresponding to the northward cardinal compass point
northeast - the direction corresponding to the northeastward compass point
east - the direction corresponding to the eastward cardinal compass point
southeast - the direction corresponding to the southeastward compass point
south - the direction corresponding to the southward cardinal compass point
southwest - the direction corresponding to the southwestward compass point
west - the direction corresponding to the westward cardinal compass point
northwest - the direction corresponding to the northwestward compass point
3.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"
inclination, tendency, disposition - an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
tenor - a settled or prevailing or habitual course of a person's life; "nothing disturbed the even tenor of her ways"
4.direction - something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of actiondirection - something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
road map, guideline - a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action; "the president said he had a road map for normalizing relations with Vietnam"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
career counseling - counseling on career opportunities
cynosure - something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners); "let faith be your cynosure to walk by"
genetic counseling - guidance for prospective parents on the likelihood of genetic disorders in their future children
marriage counseling - counseling on marital problems and disagreements
confidential information, steer, tip, wind, hint, lead - an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
5.direction - the act of managing somethingdirection - the act of managing something; "he was given overall management of the program"; "is the direction of the economy a function of government?"
social control - control exerted (actively or passively) by group action
conducting - the direction of an orchestra or choir; "he does not use a baton for conducting"
database management - creation and maintenance of a database
finance - the management of money and credit and banking and investments
homemaking - the management of a household
misconduct - bad or dishonest management by persons supposed to act on another's behalf
mismanagement, misdirection - management that is careless or inefficient; "he accomplished little due to the mismanagement of his energies"
treatment, handling - the management of someone or something; "the handling of prisoners"; "the treatment of water sewage"; "the right to equal treatment in the criminal justice system"
superintendence, supervising, supervision, oversight - management by overseeing the performance or operation of a person or group
administration, disposal - a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)
empowerment, authorisation, authorization - the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant
disenfranchisement - the act of withdrawing certification or terminating a franchise
channelisation, channelization, canalisation, canalization - management through specified channels of communication
steering, guidance - the act of guiding or showing the way
6.direction - a message describing how something is to be donedirection - a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave directions faster than she could follow them"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
rule - any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order; "the rule of St. Dominic"
prescript, rule - prescribed guide for conduct or action
rubric - directions for the conduct of Christian church services (often printed in red in a prayer book)
misdirection - incorrect directions or instructions
name and address, destination, address - written directions for finding some location; written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location
markup - detailed stylistic instructions for typesetting something that is to be printed; manual markup is usually written on the copy (e.g. underlining words that are to be set in italics)
prescription - directions prescribed beforehand; the action of prescribing authoritative rules or directions; "I tried to follow her prescription for success"
recipe, formula - directions for making something
rule - directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted; "he knew the rules of chess"
stage direction - an instruction written as part of the script of a play
style - editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display
system command - a computer user's instruction (not part of a program) that calls for action by the computer's executive program
7.direction - the act of setting and holding a course; "a new council was installed under the direction of the king"
driving - the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
aim - the action of directing something at an object; "he took aim and fired"
navigation, pilotage, piloting - the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
celestial guidance - a method of controlling the flight of a missile or spacecraft by reference to the positions of celestial bodies
inertial guidance, inertial navigation - a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to inertial forces
command guidance - a method of controlling the flight of a missile by commands originating from the ground or from another missile
terrestrial guidance - a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to the strength and direction of the earth's gravitational field
8.direction - a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; "the judge's charge to the jury"
bid, bidding, command, dictation - an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
misdirection - an incorrect charge to a jury given by a judge
9.direction - the concentration of attention or energy on something; "the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology"; "he had no direction in his life"
engrossment, immersion, absorption, concentration - complete attention; intense mental effort
particularism - a focus on something particular
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1. way, course, line, road, track, bearing, route, path, orientation We drove ten miles in the opposite direction.
2. tendency, attitude, bent, current, trend, leaning, drift, bias, orientation, tack, tenor, proclivity They threatened a mass walk-out if the party did not change direction.
3. management, government, control, charge, administration, leadership, command, guidance, supervision, governance, oversight, superintendence The house was built under the direction of his partner.
plural noun
1. instructions, rules, information, plan, briefing, regulations, recommendations, indication, guidelines, guidance Don't throw away the directions until we've finished cooking.
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1. Authoritative control over the affairs of others:
2. The continuous exercise of authority over a political unit:
3. An act or instance of guiding:
4. An authoritative indication to be obeyed:
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إرْشاد، تَوْجيهتَوَجيـهتَوْجِيهتَوْجيهات، إرْشاداتوُجْهَه، جِهَه، إتِّجاه
leiîbeinaleiîbeiningarleiîsögnstefna, átt
phương hướng


A. N
1. (= course) → dirección f
in the direction ofhacia, en dirección a
sense of directionsentido m de la orientación
in the opposite directionen sentido contrario
in all directionspor todos lados
they ran off in different directionssalieron corriendo cada uno por su lado
2. (fig) (= purpose) → orientación f; (= control) → mando m; [of play, film] → dirección f
3. directions (= instructions) (for use) → instrucciones fpl; (to a place) → señas fpl
directions for usemodo m de empleo, instrucciones fpl de uso
B. CPD direction finder Nradiogoniómetro m
direction indicator N (Aut) → intermitente m
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[daɪˈrɛkʃən dɪˈrɛkʃən]
[traveller] → direction f
We're going in the wrong direction → Nous allons dans la mauvaise direction.
in the opposite direction → dans l'autre sens
in the direction of → dans la direction de, vers
in all directions (= everywhere) → dans toutes les directions
sense of direction → sens m de l'orientation
(fig) (= line of conduct) → orientation f
to change direction → changer d'orientation
(THEATRE)mise f en scène
(CINEMA, TV)réalisation f directions
(= instructions) → indications fpl
directions for use → mode m d'emploi
(to a place)indications fpl
to ask for directions → demander sa route, demander son chemin
to ask sb for directions → demander son chemin à qn
to give sb directions to sth → donner des indications à qn pour qch
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(lit, fig: = way) → Richtung f; in every direction/all directionsin jede Richtung/alle Richtungen; in the wrong/right direction (lit, fig)in die falsche/richtige Richtung; in the direction of Hamburg/the hotelin Richtung Hamburg/des Hotels; what direction did he go in?in welche Richtung ist er gegangen/gefahren?; a sense of direction (lit)Orientierungssinn m; (fig)ein Ziel ntim Leben; new directions in modern philosophyneue Wege in der modernen Philosophie
(= management: of company etc) → Leitung f, → Führung f
(of film, actors)Regie f; (of play also)Spielleitung f; (of radio/TV programme)Leitung f; under the direction ofunter der Regie von
directions pl (= instructions)Anweisungen pl; (to a place) → Angaben pl; (for use) → (Gebrauchs)anweisung or -anleitung f; (in recipe etc) → Hinweise pl


direction finder
nPeilantenne f
direction indicator
n (Aut) → Winker m; (flashing) → Blinker m
direction key
n (Comput) → Richtungstaste f
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1. n
a. (way) → direzione f (fig) → scopo, direzione
in the direction of → in direzione di
sense of direction → senso dell'orientamento
b. (management, of business) → direzione f, amministrazione f; (of play, film, programme) → regia
c. directions npl (instructions, to a place) → indicazioni fpl; (for use) → istruzioni fpl; (advice) → chiarimenti mpl
to ask for directions → chiedere la strada
stage directions → didascalie fpl
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(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.
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.
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تَوْجِيه směr retning Richtung κατεύθυνση dirección suunta direction smjer direzione 方向 방향 richting retning kierunek direção направление riktning ทิศทาง yön phương hướng 方向
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n. dirección; instrucción.
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n dirección f
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As for this last, change in the reverse direction would seem to be most truly its contrary; thus motion upwards is the contrary of motion downwards and vice versa.
He had heard much of the sagacity of the beaver in cutting down trees, in which, it is said, they manage to make them fall into the water, and in such a position and direction as may be most favorable for conveyance to the desired point.
Why she should choose that direction she did not pause to consider.
But now that the sun shone once more, the ape-man was still at a loss as to what direction to take.
As the boat disappeared about a bend in the river Rajah Muda Saffir arose, shaking his fist in the direction it had vanished and, cursing anew and volubly, damned each separate hair in the heads of the faithless Barunda and the traitorous Ninaka.
Waziri's warriors marched at a rapid trot through the jungle in the direction of the village.
As it formed, therefore, a convenient highway, and ran in a proper direction, they turned into it, and determined to keep along it as far as safety would permit: as the Crow encampment must be some distance off, and it was not likely those savages would return upon their steps.
From the direction of Tulagi he could see the white sails of a schooner laying a tack across toward Berande.
Dimension implies direction, implies measurement, implies the more and the less.
I had not been long on the road, before I noticed that other people-- by twos and threes--appeared to be travelling in the same direction as myself.
The grass was as close-cropped and carpet-like as some old English lawn and the trees themselves showed evidence of careful pruning to a uniform height of about fifteen feet from the ground, so that as one turned his glance in any direction the forest had the appearance at a little distance of a vast, high-ceiled chamber.
Sola and I both looked in the direction she indicated, and there, plainly discernible, were several hundred mounted warriors.

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