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direction    : [dɚ'ɛkʃən] [dir'ɛkʃɪn] [dɑɪr'ɛkʃɪn] [dɪr'ɛkʃɪn]
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.
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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.
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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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n 1: a line leading to a place or point; "he looked the other
direction"; "didn't know the way home" [synonym: {direction},
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 [synonym: {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?" [synonym: {management}, {direction}]
6: a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave
directions faster than she could follow them" [synonym:
{direction}, {instruction}]
7: the act of setting and holding a course; "a new council was
installed under the direction of the king" [synonym: {steering},
{guidance}, {direction}]
8: a formal statement of a command or injunction to do
something; "the judge's charge to the jury" [synonym:
{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" [synonym: {focus}, {focusing},
{focussing}, {focal point}, {direction}, {centering}]

199 Moby Thesaurus words for "direction":
Zeitgeist, action, actuation, address, administering,
administration, admonition, advice, advising, advocacy, agency,
angle, animation, arrow, avenue, bearing, billhead, blaze,
briefing, catechization, caution, caveat, charge, civil government,
coaching, command, commission, compass needle, conduct, conducting,
consultation, control, council, counsel, course, current,
destination, dictate, didactics, directing, direction post,
directions, directive, directorate, directorship, discipline,
dispensation, disposition, dress rehearsal, drift, driving,
edification, education, empery, empire, enlightenment, execution,
exercise, exhortation, expostulation, final instructions,
finger post, fist, form of government, functioning, general orders,
glacial movement, governance, governing, government, guidance,
guide, guideboard, guidepost, guiding, hand, handling, hortation,
hour hand, idea, illumination, index, index finger, influence,
information, injunction, inner-direction, instruction,
instructions, lead, leadership, letterhead, line, lubber line,
main current, mainstream, management, managing, manipulation,
milepost, minute hand, mise-en-scene, monition, motion, motivation,
mounting, movement, moving, name and address, needle, occupation,
operancy, operating, operation, opinion, order, orders,
other-direction, outlook, oversight, parley, pedagogics, pedagogy,
performance, performing, pointer, pointing, political organization,
polity, postal zone, practice, precept, prescript, prescription,
private teaching, production, programmed instruction, prompting,
proposal, recommendation, reeducation, regime, regimen, regnancy,
regulation, rehearsal, reign, remonstrance, responsibility, road,
route, rule, run, run-through, running, schooling,
self-instruction, self-teaching, set, side, signboard, signpost,
slant, sovereignty, spoon-feeding, stage management, staging,
standpoint, steering, stimulation, stream, suggestion,
superscription, supervising, supervision, sway, swing,
system of government, teaching, tenor, the general tendency,
the main course, thought, time spirit, tone, trend, tuition,
tutelage, tutorage, tutoring, tutorship, walk-through, warning,
way, work, working, workings, zip code, zone

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