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From Middle English direccioun, from Old French direccion, from Latin dīrēctiō. Equivalent to direct + -ion.
direction (countable and uncountable, plural directions)
- 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.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter IV, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- 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[addell] Chesnutt, chapter I, in The House Behind the Cedars, Boston, Mass.; New York, N.Y.: Houghton, Mifflin and Company […], →OCLC:
- 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.
- 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society, published 1985, page 218:
- Her aunt Leonella was still at Cordova, and she knew not her direction.
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
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- “"…direction…"”, by Mark Liberman, published by Language Log (2022-08-12)
Borrowed from Latin dīrēctiōnem.
direction f (plural directions)
- (spatial) direction
- être / aller dans la bonne direction ― to be going the right way, to be heading the right way
- (figuratively) direction
- (figuratively) the director of the administration/organisation
- (occasional, figurative) the territory administered by a government
- → Turkish: direksiyon
- “direction”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
direction (plural directiones)
- direction (orientation, point where one is headed)
- direction, leadership, control, supervision
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