follow Dictionary.com

What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?

indirection

[in-duh-rek-shuh n, -dahy-] /ˌɪn dəˈrɛk ʃən, -daɪ-/
noun
1.
indirect action or procedure.
2.
a roundabout course or method.
3.
a lack of direction or goal; aimlessness:
His efforts were marked by indirection and indecisiveness.
4.
deceitful or dishonest dealing.
Origin of indirection
1585-1595
1585-95; indirect + -ion, modeled on direction
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for indirection

indirection

/ˌɪndɪˈrɛkʃən/
noun
1.
indirect procedure, courses, or methods
2.
lack of direction or purpose; aimlessness
3.
indirect dealing; deceit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for indirection
n.

c.1600, from indirect + -ion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
indirection in Technology

programming
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.
(1997-02-06)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for indirection

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for indirection

14
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with indirection