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

Direction \Di*rec"tion\, noun [L. directio: cf. F. direction.]

1. The act of directing, of aiming, regulating, guiding, or ordering; guidance; management; superintendence; administration; as, the direction o? public affairs or of a bank.

I do commit his youth To your direction. --Shak.

All nature is but art, unknown to thee; ll chance, direction, which thou canst not see. --Pope.

2. That which is imposed by directing; a guiding or authoritative instruction; prescription; order; command; as, he grave directions to the servants.

The princes digged the well . . . by the direction of the law giver. --Numb. xxi. 18.

3. The name and residence of a person to whom any thing is sent, written upon the thing sent; superscription; address; as, the direction of a letter.

4. The line or course upon which anything is moving or aimed to move, or in which anything is lying or pointing; aim; line or point of tendency; direct line or course; as, the ship sailed in a southeasterly direction.

5. The body of managers of a corporation or enterprise; board of directors.

6. (Gun.) The pointing of a piece with reference to an imaginary vertical axis; -- distinguished from elevation. The direction is given when the plane of sight passes through the object. --Wilhelm.

Syn: Administration; guidance; management; superintendence; oversight; government; order; command; guide; clew.

Usage: {Direction}, {Control}, {Command}, {Order}. These words, as here compared, have reference to the exercise of power over the actions of others. Control is negative, denoting power to restrain; command is positive, implying a right to enforce obedience; directions are commands containing instructions how to act. Order conveys more prominently the idea of authority than the word direction. A shipmaster has the command of his vessel; he gives orders or directions to the seamen as to the mode of sailing it; and exercises a due control over the passengers.

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



1: a line leading to a place or point; "he looked the other direction"; "didn't know the way home" [syn: {direction}, {way}]

2: the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves; "he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"

3: a general course along which something has a tendency to develop; "I couldn't follow the direction of his thoughts"; "his ideals determined the direction of his career"; "they proposed a new direction for the firm"

4: something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action [syn: {guidance}, {counsel}, {counseling}, {counselling}, {direction}]

5: the act of managing something; "he was given overall management of the program"; "is the direction of the economy a function of government?" [syn: {management}, {direction}]

6: a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave directions faster than she could follow them" [syn: {direction}, {instruction}]

7: the act of setting and holding a course; "a new council was installed under the direction of the king" [syn: {steering}, {guidance}, {direction}]

8: a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; "the judge's charge to the jury" [syn: {commission}, {charge}, {direction}]

9: the concentration of attention or energy on something; "the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology"; "he had no direction in his life" [syn: {focus}, {focusing}, {focussing}, {focal point}, {direction}, {centering}]

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