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6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tax \Tax\, noun [F. taxe, fr. taxer to tax, L. taxare to touch, sharply, to feel, handle, to censure, value, estimate, fr. tangere, tactum, to touch. See {Tangent}, and cf. {Task}, {Taste}.]

1. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed by authority. Specifically: (a) A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for the support of a government.

A farmer of taxes is, of all creditors, proverbially the most rapacious. --Macaulay. (b) Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon polls, lands, houses, income, etc.; as, a land tax; a window tax; a tax on carriages, and the like.

Note: Taxes are {annual} or {perpetual}, {direct} or {indirect}, etc. (c) A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses.

2. A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject.

3. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy tax on time or health.

4. Charge; censure. [Obs.] --Clarendon.

5. A lesson to be learned; a task. [Obs.] --Johnson.

{Tax cart}, a spring cart subject to a low tax. [Eng.]

Syn: Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate; assessment; exaction; custom; demand.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Direct \Di*rect"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Directed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Directing}.]

1. To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to direct an arrow or a piece of ordnance.

2. To point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way; as, he directed me to the left-hand road.

The Lord direct your into the love of God. --2 Thess. iii. 5.

The next points to which I will direct your attention. --Lubbock.

3. To determine the direction or course of; to cause to go on in a particular manner; to order in the way to a certain end; to regulate; to govern; as, to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army.

I will direct their work in truth. --Is. lxi. 8.

4. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go.

I 'll first direct my men what they shall do. --Shak.

5. To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to superscribe; as, to direct a letter.

Syn: To guide; lead; conduct; dispose; manage; regulate; order; instruct; command.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Direct \Di*rect"\, adjective [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See {Dress}, and cf. {Dirge}.]

1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means.

What is direct to, what slides by, the question. --Locke.

2. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.

Be even and direct with me. --Shak.

3. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.

He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words. --Locke.

A direct and avowed interference with elections. --Hallam.

4. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line.

5. (Astron.) In the direction of the general planetary motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs; not {retrograde}; -- said of the motion of a celestial body.

6. (Political Science) Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the people through their votes instead of through one or more representatives or delegates; as, direct nomination, direct legislation. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Direct action}. (a) (Mach.) See {Direct-acting}. (b) (Trade unions) See {Syndicalism}, below. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Direct discourse} (Gram.), the language of any one quoted without change in its form; as, he said "I can not come;" -- correlative to {indirect discourse}, in which there is change of form; as, he said that he could not come. They are often called respectively by their Latin names, {oratio directa}, and {oratio obliqua}.

{Direct evidence} (Law), evidence which is positive or not inferential; -- opposed to {circumstantial evidence}, or {indirect evidence}. -- This distinction, however, is merely formal, since there is no direct evidence that is not circumstantial, or dependent on circumstances for its credibility. --Wharton.

{Direct examination} (Law), the first examination of a witness in the orderly course, upon the merits. --Abbott.

{Direct fire} (Mil.), fire, the direction of which is perpendicular to the line of troops or to the parapet aimed at.

{Direct process} (Metal.), one which yields metal in working condition by a single process from the ore. --Knight.

{Direct tax}, a tax assessed directly on lands, etc., and polls, distinguished from taxes on merchandise, or customs, and from excise.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Direct \Di*rect"\, verb (used without an object) To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.

Wisdom is profitable to direct. --Eccl. x. 10.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Direct \Di*rect"\, noun (Mus.) A character, thus [?], placed at the end of a staff on the line or space of the first note of the next staff, to apprise the performer of its situation. --Moore (Encyc. of Music).

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

direct

adverb

1: without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office" [syn: {directly}, {straight}, {direct}]

adjective

1: direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit" [ant: {indirect}]

2: having no intervening persons, agents, conditions; "in direct sunlight"; "in direct contact with the voters"; "direct exposure to the disease"; "a direct link"; "the direct cause of the accident"; "direct vote" [syn: {direct}, {unmediated}]

3: straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach" [ant: {indirect}]

4: in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity" [syn: {lineal}, {direct}] [ant: {collateral}, {indirect}]

5: moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth [ant: {retrograde}]

6: similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity; "a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)" [ant: {inverse}]

7: (of a current) flowing in one direction only; "direct current" [ant: {alternating}]

8: being an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of the accident"

9: in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim" [syn: {direct}, {verbatim}]

10: lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact; "the direct opposite"

verb

1: command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework"

2: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself" [syn: {target}, {aim}, {place}, {direct}, {point}]

3: guide the actors in (plays and films)

4: be in charge of

5: take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace" [syn: {lead}, {take}, {direct}, {conduct}, {guide}]

6: cause to go somewhere; "The explosion sent the car flying in the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed all his energies into his dissertation" [syn: {send}, {direct}]

7: point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent" [syn: {aim}, {take}, {train}, {take aim}, {direct}]

8: lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years" [syn: {conduct}, {lead}, {direct}]

9: give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; "I directed them towards the town hall"

10: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public [syn: {calculate}, {aim}, {direct}]

11: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling [syn: {steer}, {maneuver}, {manoeuver}, {manoeuvre}, {direct}, {point}, {head}, {guide}, {channelize}, {channelise}]

12: put an address on (an envelope) [syn: {address}, {direct}]

13: plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery" [syn: {mastermind}, {engineer}, {direct}, {organize}, {organise}, {orchestrate}]

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