• (British, America) IPA: /d(a)ɪˈɹɛk.ʃən/


  1. A theoretical line (physically or mentally) followed from a point of origin or towards a destination. May be relative (e.g. up, left, outbound, dorsal), geographical (e.g. north), rotational (e.g. clockwise), or with respect to an object or location (e.g. toward Boston).
    Keep going in the same direction.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      Just before Warwick reached Liberty Point, a young woman came down Front Street from the direction of the market-house. When their paths converged, Warwick kept on down Front Street behind her, it having been already his intention to walk in this direction.
  2. A general trend for future action.
  3. Guidance, instruction.
    The trombonist looked to the bandleader for direction.
  4. The work of the director in cinema or theater; the skill of directing a film, play etc.
    The screenplay was good, but the direction was weak.
  5. (dated) The body of persons who guide or manage a matter; the directorate.
  6. (archaic) A person's address.
    • 1796, Matthew Lewis (writer), The Monk, Folio Society 1985, page 218:
      Her aunt Leonella was still at Cordova, and she knew not her direction.
Related terms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: senso di marcia, direzione di marcia
  • Russian: направле́ние

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.004
Offline English dictionary