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Di*rect" (?), a. [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.
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What is direct to, what slides by, the question. Locke.
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2. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
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Be even and direct with me. Shak.
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3. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
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He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words. Locke.
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A direct and avowed interference with elections. Hallam.
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4. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line.
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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.
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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.
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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 saidI 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.
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Di*rect" (?), v. t. [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.
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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.
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The Lord direct your into the love of God. 2 Thess. iii. 5.
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The next points to which I will direct your attention. Lubbock.
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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.
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I will direct their work in truth. Is. lxi. 8.
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4. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go.
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I 'll first direct my men what they shall do. Shak.
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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.
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Di*rect" (?), v. i. To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
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Wisdom is profitable to direct. Eccl. x. 10.
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Di*rect", n. (Mus.) A character, thus [&unr_;], 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).
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