[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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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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