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- A theoretical line (physically or mentally) followed from a point of origin or towards a destination. May be relative (e.g. up, left, outbound, dorsal), geographical (e.g. north), rotational (e.g. clockwise), or with respect to an object or location (e.g. toward Boston).
- Keep going in the same direction.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
- Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.
- 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
- Just before Warwick reached Liberty Point, a young woman came down Front Street from the direction of the market-house. When their paths converged, Warwick kept on down Front Street behind her, it having been already his intention to walk in this direction.
- A general trend for future action.
- Guidance, instruction.
- The trombonist looked to the bandleader for direction.
- The work of the director in cinema or theater; the skill of directing a film, play etc.
- The screenplay was good, but the direction was weak.
- (dated) The body of persons who guide or manage a matter; the directorate.
- (archaic) A person's address.
indication of the point toward which an object is moving
work of the director (manager)
work of the director in cinema or theater
path or course of movement
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
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direction f (plural directions)
- (spatial) direction
- (figuratively) direction
- (figuratively) the director of the administration/organisation
- (occasional, figurative) the territory administered by a government
- “direction” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
direction (plural directiones)