- the act of directing or the state of being directed
- management, control, or guidance
- the work of a stage or film director
- the course or line along which a person or thing moves, points, or lies
- the place towards which a person or thing is directed
- a line of action; course
- the name and address on a letter, parcel, etc
- the process of conducting an orchestra, choir, etc
- 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
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
- [uncountable] an act or instance of directing:working with a minimum of direction.
- the line along which anything lies, faces, or moves, with reference to the point or region toward which it is directed: [countable]We wandered off in the wrong direction. The direction is north. We headed out in several directions at once.[uncountable]I have a bad sense of direction.
- [countable] a line of thought or action or a tendency or inclination:the direction of contemporary thought.
- Usually,directions. [plural] instructions or guidance:confusing directions for assembling the furniture.
- [uncountable] management; control;
supervision:Under his direction the company's profits soared.
- Show Business[uncountable] the technique, art, or business of a stage or film director or of a musical conductor giving instructions :Under her direction the orchestra played several pieces beautifully.
- [uncountable] a purpose or guiding orientation; focus:He seems to lack direction in his life.
- the act or an instance of directing.
- the line along which anything lies, faces, moves, etc., with reference to the point or region toward which it is directed:The storm moved in a northerly direction.
- the point or region itself:The direction is north.
- a position on a line extending from a specific point toward a point of the compass or toward the nadir or the zenith.
- a line of thought or action or a tendency or inclination:the direction of contemporary thought.
- Usually,directions. instruction or guidance for making, using, etc.:directions for baking a cake.
- order; command.
supervision:a company under good direction.
- a directorate.
- the name and address of the intended recipient as written on a letter, package, etc.
- decisions in a stage or film production as to stage business, speaking of lines, lighting, and general presentation.
- the technique, act, or business of making such decisions, managing and training a cast of actors, etc.
- the technique, act, or business of directing an orchestra, concert, or other musical presentation or group.
- [Music.]a symbol or phrase that indicates in a score the proper tempo, style of performance, mood, etc.
- a purpose or orientation toward a goal that serves to guide or motivate;
focus:He doesn't seem to have any direction in life.
- Latin dīrēctiōn- (stem of dīrēctiō) arranging in line, straightening. See direct, -ion
- Middle French)
- late Middle English direccioun ( 1375–1425