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Definitions of direction

  1. the concentration of attention or energy on something; " the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology"; " he had no direction in his life"
  2. a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; " the judge's charge to the jury"
  3. direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  4. the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves; " he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"
  5. the act of setting and holding a course; " a new council was installed under the direction of the king"
  6. the act of managing something; " he was given overall management of the program"; " is the direction of the economy a function of government?"
  7. 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"
  8. a message describing how something is to be done; " he gave directions faster than she could follow them"
  9. a line leading to a place or point; " he looked the other direction"; " didn't know the way home"
  10. something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  11. That which is imposed by directing; a guiding or authoritative instruction; prescription; order; command; as, he grave directions to the servants.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. The body of managers of a corporation or enterprise; board of directors.
  15. The act of directing, of aiming, regulating, guiding, or ordering; guidance; management; superintendence; administration; as, the direction o public affairs or of a bank.
  16. 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.
  17. Act of guiding or showing; aim; line of motion; address, as of a letter, etc.
  18. Aim at a certain point: the line or 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.
  19. Act of directing; aim; course; relative position; order; address.
  20. The position of one point in relation to another; relative position; tendency; aim.
  21. Superintendence; command; order.
  22. The name and residence of a person; address.
  23. The act of directing; end aimed at; the line in which a body moves; course; the act of governing; management; guidance; instruction in what manner to proceed; the address on a letter; a body or board of directors.
  24. Aim at a certain point; the line in which a body moves by force; a particular line or course; superintendence or management; guidance; order; instruction; the name, address, & c., on the back of a letter; the managers of a public company.
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Quotes of direction

  1. The line that describes the beautiful is elliptical. It has simplicity and constant change. It cannot be described by a compass, and it changes direction at every one of its points. – Rudolf Arnheim
  2. Of all the toys available, none is better designed than the owner himself. A large multipurpose plaything, its parts can be made to move in almost any direction It comes completely assembled, and it makes a sound when you jump on it. – Stephen Baker
  3. A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories. – Napoleon Bonaparte
  4. National Missile Defense is of a nature to retrigger a proliferation of weapons, notably nuclear missiles. Everything that goes in the direction of proliferation is a bad direction – Jacques Chirac
  5. I think they could of recast the children, I heard of people wanting to do something like that. That would be a nice little show to do but you know that show was of the 80's, I don't think the audience mind set is in that direction any longer. – Larry Hagman
  6. Sometimes I think that I want to do something strictly basic, really simple. Just with a few chords. But I won't have anything more than two or three sentences in my head. That kind of evaporates once I start playing and then it goes off in whatever direction – Tom Jenkinson
  7. The patriot who feels himself in the service of God, who acknowledges Him in all his ways, has the promise of Almighty direction and will find His Word in his greatest darkness. – Francis Scott Key
  8. Solidarity was the movement that turned the direction of history, I think. – Jeane Kirkpatrick
  9. People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend. – Walter Savage Landor
  10. Our thoughts create our reality- where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. – Peter McWilliams
  11. It's time to start really writing some stuff, and I really wanted to write some stuff in the vein of the original Misfits, and this was really the first step in that direction – Jerry Only
  12. Modern instruments were designed to throw sound all in one direction – Marc Ribot
  13. The laws were not made so much for the direction of good men, as to circumscribe the bad. – Samuel Richardson
  14. After you've done it for so many years, you have to find a new direction You have to find something in your soul that's going to push you towards- to find your inspiration. – Elvis Stojko
  15. Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. – Denis Waitley

Usage examples for direction

  1. The direction of the crowd settled that question for them, but where would they find Father? – Betty Lee, Freshman by Harriet Pyne Grove
  2. She had seen them walk by the back piazza, but did not notice in what direction they had gone. – The Girl at Cobhurst by Frank Richard Stockton
  3. Major, may I send a man or two out in that direction – A Trooper Galahad by Charles King
  4. You had better tell me what direction you will take- in case Fox comes in, you know. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  5. Glanedale nodded in the direction of the farther end of the house. – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
  6. Now move along in this direction if you please. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  7. You're headed in the wrong direction – An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  8. They are looking in this direction – The Box with the Broken Seals by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. If she heard his words they made little impression upon her, for going out into the walk, she started, without speaking, in the direction of the house. – The Ancient Law by Ellen Glasgow
  10. Then she passed on and began to cross the square in the direction of her aunt's house. – Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  11. Lockley turned it in another direction – Operation Terror by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  12. Direction of the Head. – Artistic Anatomy of Animals by Édouard Cuyer
  13. Or Mr. Innes' explanation may turn us in a new direction – The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  14. Yet I cannot bring myself so much as to make a venture in the direction of faith. – Thoughts on Religion by George John Romanes
  15. When he spoke, it was to give the conversation a new direction – The Prodigal Judge by Vaughan Kester
  16. We put him on a train going the other direction from Reuton early this morning. – Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers
  17. He noticed neither speed nor direction – Frigid Fracas by Dallas McCord Reynolds
  18. Which direction Miss Vernon, shall we take? – Dawn by Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  19. The old woman glanced in that direction – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  20. Madame's ideas seemed to take that direction – Balcony Stories by Grace E. King