direction


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Direction \Di*rec"tion\, n. [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.
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            I do commit his youth
            To your direction.                    --Shak.
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            All nature is but art, unknown to thee;
            ll chance, direction, which thou canst not see.
                                                  --Pope.
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   2. That which is imposed by directing; a guiding or
      authoritative instruction; prescription; order; command;
      as, he grave directions to the servants.
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            The princes digged the well . . . by the direction
            of the law giver.                     --Numb. xxi.
                                                  18.
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   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.
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   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.
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   5. The body of managers of a corporation or enterprise; board
      of directors.
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   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.
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