|1.||[ noun ] (transportation) a line leading to a place or point|
: "he looked the other direction" "didn't know the way home"
|Related terms:||path tendency course bearing qibla|
|2.||[ noun ] the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves|
"he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"
|Related terms:||position frontage orientation opposition windward leeward compass_point north outgoing incoming|
|3.||[ noun ] 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.||[ noun ] something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action|
|Synonyms:||guidance counseling counselling counsel|
|Related terms:||message tip guideline cynosure career_counseling genetic_counseling guideline marriage_counseling advise|
|5.||[ noun ] the act of managing something|
"he was given overall management of the program" "is the direction of the economy a function of government?"
|Related terms:||social_control treatment administration supervision guidance disenfranchisement mismanagement authorization channelization homemaking database_management finance conducting misconduct oversee|
|6.||[ noun ] a message describing how something is to be done|
"he gave directions faster than she could follow them"
|Related terms:||message rule recipe prescription prescription stage_direction rule address misdirection system_command rubric style markup rule|
|7.||[ noun ] the act of setting and holding a course|
"a new council was installed under the direction of the king"
|Related terms:||control aim navigation celestial_guidance driving command_guidance inertial_guidance terrestrial_guidance guide|
|8.||[ noun ] the concentration of attention or energy on something|
|Synonyms:||focus centering focusing focussing|
"the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology" "he had no direction in his life"
|Related terms:||concentration particularism focus_on concentrate concenter|
|9.||[ noun ] (law) a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something|
"the judge's charge to the jury"
|Related terms:||command misdirection appoint|