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direct address

noun
1.
Grammar. the use of a term or name for the person spoken to, as in securing the attention of that person; use of a vocative form.
2.
Computers. See under indirect address.
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  • The imperative verb is perhaps the strongest form of direct address.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
  • Even when descriptive or eulogistic, it is a direct address.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • Use capitals for the titles at the beginning of a letter or in written composition and in direct address.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • When these words are not used in direct address, however, they should not be capitalized.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • A vocative is in the nominative case, and is often called a nominative by direct address or a vocative nominative (p. 42).

  • It is always the voice of Bach in direct address to you that you hear.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • After a noun (or a phrase) of direct address (a vocative nominative).

  • There was something simple and primitive, something of dignity beyond the usual conventions, in his direct address.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Apostrophe is a direct address to the absent as present, the inanimate as living, or the abstract as personal.

  • I asked soon, looking calmly at Georgiana, who thought fit to bridle at the direct address, as if it were an unexpected liberty.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
Contemporary definitions for direct address
noun

the specification of the location of data to be used as an operand, the computer memory address included as part of the instruction; cf. indirect address

Usage Note

computing

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