Direct

Definition of Direct

Di`rect´
a.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.
What is direct to, what slides by, the question.
- Locke.
2.Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
Be even and direct with me.
- Shak.
3.Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
- Locke.
A direct and avowed interference with elections.
- Hallam.
4.In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line.
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.
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.
Direct action
a - (Mach.) See Direct-acting.
Direct discourse
b - (Trade unions) the language of any one quoted without change in its form; as, he said "I 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.
Direct examination
(Law) the first examination of a witness in the orderly course, upon the merits.
- Wharton.
Direct fire
(Mil.) fire, the direction of which is perpendicular to the line of troops or to the parapet aimed at.
- Abbott.
Direct process
(Metal.) one which yields metal in working condition by a single process from the ore.
Direct tax
a tax assessed directly on lands, etc., and polls, distinguished from taxes on merchandise, or customs, and from excise.
- Knight.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Directed; p. pr. & vb. n. Directing.]
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.
The Lord direct your into the love of God.
- 2 Thess. iii. 5.
The next points to which I will direct your attention.
- Lubbock.
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.
I will direct their work in truth.
- Is. lxi. 8.
4.To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go.
I 'll first direct my men what they shall do.
- Shak.
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.
v. i.1.To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
Wisdom is profitable to direct.
- Eccl. x. 10.
n.1.(Mus.) A character, thus [ ], 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.

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