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[in-duh-rek-shuh n, -dahy-] /ˌɪn dəˈrɛk ʃən, -daɪ-/
indirect action or procedure.
a roundabout course or method.
a lack of direction or goal; aimlessness:
His efforts were marked by indirection and indecisiveness.
deceitful or dishonest dealing.
Origin of indirection
1585-95; indirect + -ion, modeled on direction Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for indirection
  • By indirection it summarizes and comments upon a time and a society.
  • In a sense, his film is a triumph of indirection, for it does one thing while seeming to do another.
  • Shadow memory can be used to target irregular access patterns, such as array accesses that use an indirection vector.
  • Road user costs, such as delays due to indirection, may be a factor.
  • But sometimes indirection, as in the first option, may be the preferred course.
  • Use routes to sub-networks and add indirection agents to the architecture.
  • Our experience is that this indirection is particularly useful.
  • Both proceed by indirection to overcome the absence of direct proof.
  • Along such a surface the velocity field has a constant magnitude, and is also continuous, but may vary indirection.
  • Furthermore, the path to the desired part must contain one array reference for each level of indirection traversed.
British Dictionary definitions for indirection


indirect procedure, courses, or methods
lack of direction or purpose; aimlessness
indirect dealing; deceit
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Word Origin and History for indirection

c.1600, from indirect + -ion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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indirection in Technology

Manipulating data via its address. Indirection is a powerful and general programming technique. It can be used for example to process data stored in a sequence of consecutive memory locations by maintaining a pointer to the current item and incrementing it to point to the next item.
Indirection is supported at the machine language level by indirect addressing. Many processor and operating system architectures use vectors which are also an instance of indirection, being locations which hold the address of a routine to handle a particular event. The event handler can be changed simply by pointing the vector at a new piece of code.
C includes operators "&" which returns the address of a variable and its inverse "*" which returns the variable at a given address.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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