[dih-rek-shuhn, dahy-]
the act or an instance of directing.
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.
the point or region itself: The direction is north.
a position on a line extending from a specific point toward a point of the compass or toward the nadir or the zenith.
a line of thought or action or a tendency or inclination: the direction of contemporary thought.
Usually, directions. instruction or guidance for making, using, etc.: directions for baking a cake.
order; command.
management; control; guidance; supervision: a company under good direction.
the name and address of the intended recipient as written on a letter, package, etc.
decisions in a stage or film production as to stage business, speaking of lines, lighting, and general presentation.
the technique, act, or business of making such decisions, managing and training a cast of actors, etc.
the technique, act, or business of directing an orchestra, concert, or other musical presentation or group.
Music. a symbol or phrase that indicates in a score the proper tempo, style of performance, mood, etc.
a purpose or orientation toward a goal that serves to guide or motivate; focus: He doesn't seem to have any direction in life.

1375–1425; late Middle English direccioun (< Middle French) < Latin dīrēctiōn- (stem of dīrēctiō) arranging in line, straightening. See direct, -ion

directionless, adjective
predirection, noun
self-direction, noun
superdirection, noun

5. See tendency. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
direction (dɪˈrɛkʃən, daɪ-)
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
 a.  (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
 b.  (of a cosine) being the cosine of any of the direction angles

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "orderly arrangement;" c.1500 as "action of directing," from L. directionem, noun of action from dirigere (see direct). Of plays, films, etc., from 1938. Meaning "course pursued by a moving object" is from 1660s.
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Idioms & Phrases


see step in the right direction.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Much of the argument turns on whether online writing should be seen as a
  welcome new direction or a harmful distraction.
The researchers concluded that cattle do generally align themselves in a
  north-south direction.
Direction is used to determine where things are in relation to other things.
The planets all revolve around the sun in the same direction and in virtually
  the same plane.
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