- The definition of directory is having the purpose of guiding.
An example of directory used as an adjective is a directory tool, such as a campus map.
- A directory is defined as a book or a program that contains data and other information.
An example of a directory is a telephone book.
Origin of directoryLate Latin directorius
- a book of directions, as for church service
- a book listing the names, addresses, etc. of a specific group of persons: a telephone directory
- a grouping of files that are stored on a disk, diskette, etc.
- a listing of such files
- a directorate
Origin of directoryML directorium < LL directorius
- A book containing an alphabetical or classified listing of names, addresses, and other data, such as telephone numbers, of specific persons, groups, or firms.
- Computers An organizational unit for files that reside on a hard disk or other storage device. Also called folder.
- A book of rules or directions.
- A group or body of directors.
- A list of names, addresses etc, of specific classes of people or organizations, often in alphabetical order or in some classification.
- (computing) A structured listing of the names and characteristics of the files on a storage device.
- (computing) A virtual container in a computer's file system, in which files and other directories may be stored. The files and subdirectories in a directory are usually related.
From Middle English directorie, from Medieval Latin directorium.
directory - Computer Definition
(1) A simulated file folder on disk. Directories and folders are two terms for the same thing. The term "directory" was first used in Unix and DOS environments. The Mac came later and used "folder" for the same structure. Windows followed the Mac. See folder.
(3) A database of Web sites organized by subject that is used by search engines. Yahoo was a directory site in its early days, but then added search bots to automatically index pages as the Web grew too large to manually index. Google uses information from the Open Directory Project for its directory site (http://directory.google.com). See Open Directory Project, Web search engines, metasearch sites and Yahoo.