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direction

[dih-rek-shuh n, dahy-] /dɪˈrɛk ʃən, ˈdaɪ-/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of directing.
2.
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.
3.
the point or region itself:
The direction is north.
4.
a position on a line extending from a specific point toward a point of the compass or toward the nadir or the zenith.
5.
a line of thought or action or a tendency or inclination:
the direction of contemporary thought.
6.
Usually, directions. instruction or guidance for making, using, etc.:
directions for baking a cake.
7.
order; command.
8.
management; control; guidance; supervision:
a company under good direction.
9.
10.
the name and address of the intended recipient as written on a letter, package, etc.
11.
decisions in a stage or film production as to stage business, speaking of lines, lighting, and general presentation.
12.
the technique, act, or business of making such decisions, managing and training a cast of actors, etc.
13.
the technique, act, or business of directing an orchestra, concert, or other musical presentation or group.
14.
Music. a symbol or phrase that indicates in a score the proper tempo, style of performance, mood, etc.
15.
a purpose or orientation toward a goal that serves to guide or motivate; focus:
He doesn't seem to have any direction in life.
Origin of direction
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English direccioun (< Middle French) < Latin dīrēctiōn- (stem of dīrēctiō) arranging in line, straightening. See direct, -ion
Related forms
directionless, adjective
predirection, noun
self-direction, noun
superdirection, noun
Synonyms
5. See tendency.
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Examples from the Web for self-direction
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  • It was plain that he meant his Negro hearers to make much of the Negro's capacity for self-direction.

    John Wesley, Jr. Dan B. Brummitt
  • It is not called for by the practical needs of daily self-direction.

    Theoretical Ethics Milton Valentine
  • Many teachers and parents insist upon guiding the pupil long after he is capable of self-direction.

    Training the Teacher A. F. Schauffler
  • He must appreciate the yearning of the American heart after self-direction.

    The Spirit of America Henry Van Dyke
  • In his self-direction thitherward he was as candid, one-pointed, and ruthless as the Arab might be.

    Foes Mary Johnston
  • It substitutes for self-direction the authority of the many.

  • Hitherto he had been mechanical, whereas now he was an engine capable of self-direction—an engine stoked to the brim.

    The Promise of Air Algernon Blackwood
  • The power of volition and self-direction was very nearly gone.

    Guy Livingstone; George A. Lawrence
  • He seemed not only to have missed the way, but had also lost the faculty of self-direction.

    A Dream of Empire William Henry Venable
  • The rights of individuality and of self-direction have been hardly won and are dearly held.

    Manpower Lincoln Clarke Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for self-direction

direction

/dɪˈrɛkʃən; daɪ-/
noun
1.
the act of directing or the state of being directed
2.
management, control, or guidance
3.
the work of a stage or film director
4.
the course or line along which a person or thing moves, points, or lies
5.
the course along which a ship, aircraft, etc, is travelling, expressed as the angle between true or magnetic north and an imaginary line through the main fore-and-aft axis of the vessel
6.
the place towards which a person or thing is directed
7.
a line of action; course
8.
the name and address on a letter, parcel, etc
9.
(music) the process of conducting an orchestra, choir, etc
10.
(music) 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
11.
(modifier) (maths)
  1. (of an angle) being any one of the three angles that a line in space makes with the three positive directions of the coordinate axes. Usually given as α, β, and γ with respect to the x-, y-, and z-axes
  2. (of a cosine) being the cosine of any of the direction angles
See also directions
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Word Origin and History for self-direction

direction

n.

c.1400, "orderly arrangement;" c.1500 as "action of directing," from Latin directionem (nominative directio), noun of action from past participle stem of dirigere (see direct (v.)). Meaning "course pursued by a moving object" is from 1660s. Related: Directional.

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