direction[də rek′s̸hən; also dī-]
This device will give you directions.
- An example of direction is when you go right instead of left.
- An example of direction is knowledge of where you are going and how to get where you want to end up.
- An example of direction is when a plan starts to go wrong.
- An example of direction is when you climb to the top of a mountain and can see 360 degrees around you.
Direction is defined as the path that something takes, the path that must be taken to reach a specific place, the way in which something is starting to develop or the way you are facing.
- the act of directing; management; supervision
- instructions for doing, operating, using, preparing, etc.
- an authoritative order or command
- the point toward which something faces or the line along which something moves or lies: “north,” “up,” “forward,” and “left” are directions
- an aspect, line of development, way, trend, etc.: research in new directions
- the director's plan for achieving certain effects, as of acting, lighting, etc.
- the instructions for this to the actors and others
- a word, phrase, or sign showing how a note, passage, etc. is to be played
- the work or art of directing a choir, band, etc.
Origin of directionMiddle English direccioun ; from Classical Latin directio
- The management, supervision, or guidance of a group or operation: The manager's direction of the sales campaign has been highly effective.
- The art or action of directing a musical or theatrical 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.
- A course or line of development; a tendency toward a particular end or goal: charting a new direction for the company.
Origin of directionMiddle English, arrangement, from Latin dīrēctiō, dīrēctiōn-, from dīrēctus, past participle of dīrigere, to direct; see direct.
- The action of directing; pointing (something) or looking towards.
- What direction is the railway station?
- 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.
- (archaic) An address.
- The path or course of a given movement, or moving body; an indication of the point toward or from which an object is moving.
- Keep going in the same direction.
From Old French, from Latin dīrēctiō.