[ US /daɪˈɹɛkʃɪn, dɝˈɛkʃən, diˈɹɛkʃɪn, dɪˈɹɛkʃɪn/ ]
[ UK /da‍ɪɹˈɛkʃən/ ]
  1. the act of managing something
    he was given overall management of the program
    is the direction of the economy a function of government?
  2. a general course along which something has a tendency to develop
    his ideals determined the direction of his career
    I couldn't follow the direction of his thoughts
    they proposed a new direction for the firm
  3. a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
    the judge's charge to the jury
  4. the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves
    he checked the direction and velocity of the wind
  5. a line leading to a place or point
    he looked the other direction
    didn't know the way home
  6. the concentration of attention or energy on something
    he had no direction in his life
    the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology
  7. a message describing how something is to be done
    he gave directions faster than she could follow them
  8. something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  9. the act of setting and holding a course
    a new council was installed under the direction of the king
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How To Use direction In A Sentence

  • Their dried dung is found everywhere, and is in many places the only fuel afforded by the plains; their skulls, which last longer than any other part of the animal, are among the most familiar of objects to the plainsman; their bones are in many districts so plentiful that it has become a regular industry, followed by hundreds of men (christened "bone hunters" by the frontiersmen), to go out with wagons and collect them in great numbers for the sake of the phosphates they yield; and Bad Lands, plateaus, and prairies alike, are cut up in all directions by the deep ruts which were formerly buffalo trails. VIII. The Lordly Buffalo
  • There was a deal of shouting from Jamie's direction, and general hubbub, as a few people came out of the pothouse, staring. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  • In this regard, I offer a few guesses about some general directions in which statistical physics may change.
  • The opposite change occurs in what are termed fastigiate varieties, where the branches, in place of assuming more or less of a horizontal direction, become erect and nearly parallel with the main stem as in the Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants
  • Finally, in the formation of an opinion as to the abstract preferableness of one course of action over another, or as to the truth or falsehood or right significance of a proposition, the fact that the majority of one's contemporaries lean in the other direction is naught, and no more than dust in the balance. On Compromise
  • Olivia notes the direction of his gaze, and realizes her robe has fallen open again.
  • It's about the right image going with the right story in the right direction, rather than it being abstract.
  • After climbing a steep rise for about twenty minutes the road crested, then began to slope downwards, taking a more westerly direction.
  • Typical mesocyclonic tornadoes are caused by intense thunderstorms with appropriate vertical and directional wind shear. The Volokh Conspiracy » Pathogens in Harm’s Way:
  • The companion star would emit plenty of its own UV radiation, but this radiation would be blocked in the direction of Eta Carinae by the thick nebulosity of the giant star's surrounding gas, dust, and stellar wind.
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