[ adjective ] direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short
"a direct route" "a direct flight" "a direct hit"
Used in print(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)
As retinal images are conceded to be an integral function of the brain it seems logical to suppose that the nerves , between the inner brain and the eyes , carry the direct drive for cooperation from the various brain centers - rather_than to theorize on the transmission of an image which is already in required location .(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)
In the second place , a large_number of writers , making a more direct claim than Frost to being `` folk_writers '' of one sort or another , clearly make no distinctions between genuine and bogus material .(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)
Thus , direct comparisons can be drawn with free_burning arcs which have been studied in_detail during the past years and decades by numerous investigators ( Ref. 3 ) .(Francis J. Johnston and John E. Willard, "The...)
Direct proportionality of the rate to the incident intensity has also been assumed in obtaining the value in the last column for the fourth sample of series /2 , where the light intensity was reduced by use of a screen .(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)
The best way to determine the correct figure ( in captives ) is by direct observation of pairs isolated from birth , a method that produced surprising results : maturing of a male Indian_python in less_than two years , his mate in less_than three ; data on the boa_constrictor about match this .
[ verb ] command with authority
"He directed the children to do their homework"
Used in print(The Atlanta Constitution...)
It says that `` in the event Congress does provide this increase in federal funds '' , the State_Board_of_Education should be directed to `` give priority '' to teacher pay raises .(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)
The codes are mechanism for training in , and directing and enforcing , uniform social interaction , and for continually and publicly reasserting the solidarity of the group .
[ verb ] intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
"He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face" "criticism directed at her superior" "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
Used in print(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)
Says Wallace_F._Jannsen , director of the FDA 's Division_of_Public_Information : `` Quacks are apt to direct their appeal directly to older people , or to sufferers from chronic ailments such_as arthritis , rheumatism , diabetes , and cancer .(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)
Proposed property sales of general interest to small business_concerns are publicized through SBA regional news releases , and by `` flyers '' directed to the small business_concerns .
[ adjective ] immediate or direct in bearing or force; having nothing intervening
"in direct sunlight" "in direct contact with the voters" "direct exposure to the disease" "a direct link" "the direct cause of the accident"
Used in print(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)
The popularity of folklore in America stands in direct proportion to the popularity of nationalism in America .(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)
Direct information has been obtained from rockets and satellites equipped with impact sensors .(A. N. Nagaraj and L. M. Black, "Localization of...)
In attempting to improve specificity of staining , the fluorescein labeled antisera used in both direct and indirect methods were treated in one of several ways : ( 1 ) They were passed_through Dowex-2-chloride twice and treated with acetone insoluble powders ( Coons , 1958 ) prepared from mouse liver or from healthy sweet_clover stems or crown_gall tissue produced by Agrobacterium_tumefaciens ( E._F._Smith + Townsend ) Conn , on sweet_clover stems .
Results of specific staining by the direct and the indirect methods were similar and showed the localization of WTV antigen in certain tissues of tumors .
In both the direct and indirect methods of staining , the conjugates had nonspecifically staining fractions .
[ verb ] (film) guide the actors in (plays and films)
Used in print(Chicago Daily Tribune...)
Directed by Grigory_Kozintsev in a tempo that is studiously slow , he develops a sense of a high tradition shining brightly and passing gravely through an impious world .(The Providence Journal...)
Directed by Michael_Murray ; settings by William_David_Roberts .
The Newport_Playhouse presents `` Epitaph_For_George_Dillon '' by John_Osborne and Anthony_Creighton , directed by Wallace_Gray .
Wallace_Gray has directed a difficult play here , usually well , but with just a_bit too much physical movement in the first act for my taste .
with music and lyrics by Frank_Loesser , directed by Christopher_Hewett , choreography by Peter_Conlow , musical direction by Samuel_Matlowsky .
[ verb ] be in charge of
Used in print(Dan McLachlan, Jr., "Communication Networks and...)
The assumptions upon which the example shown in Figure 3 is based are : ( a ) One man can direct about six subordinates if the subordinates are chosen carefully so that they do not need too_much personal coaching , indoctrinating , etc. .(Frances and Richard Lockridge, Murder Has...)
It was evident that a captain should remain at his desk , directing with a firm hand and keeping a firm seat .
[ adjective ] extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action
"a direct question" "a direct response" "a direct approach"
Used in print(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)
The terms are generally taken_for_granted as though they referred to direct and axiomatic elements in the common experience of all .(John Hazard Wildman, "Take It Off," The Arizona...)
Only , unfortunately , he could not remove from his voice a nagging insinuation of the direct command .
[ verb ] take somebody somewhere
"We lead him to our chief" "can you take me to the main entrance?" "He conducted us to the palace"
Used in print(Newark Evening News...)
Our only obligation for this day is to vote , free_of persuasion , for the person we feel is capable in directing the public .(Huston Smith, "Interfaith Communication: The...)
As much_as men intrinsically need the unity that_is grounded in God , they instrumentally require the institutions that will direct their steps toward him .(Anne McCaffrey, "The Ship Who Sang," 7th...)
By relaxing the throat muscles and expanding the oral_cavity well into the frontal_sinuses , she could direct the vowel_sounds into the_most felicitous position for proper reproduction through her throat microphone .
[ verb ] cause to go somewhere
"The explosion sent the car flying in the air" "She sent her children to camp" "He directed all his energies into his dissertation"
Used in print(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)
Related_to micelle formation is the technologically important ability of detergent actives to congregate at oil_water_interfaces in such a manner that the polar ( or ionized ) end of the molecule is directed towards the aqueous phase and the hydrocarbon chain towards the oily phase .
[ verb ] aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment
"Please don't aim at your little brother!" "He trained his gun on the burglar" "Don't train your camera on the women" "Take a swipe at one's opponent"
Used in print(The New York Times,...)
The resentment among Democratic organization leaders to the reported Wagner plan was directed particularly at the Mayor 's efforts to name his own running_mates without consulting the leaders .(Glenn Infield, "America's Secret Poison Gas Tragedy"...)
Vesole rushed from gun to gun , attempting to direct fire .
[ verb ] (music,performing arts) lead musicians in the performance of
"Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor" "she cannot conduct modern pieces"
Used in print(The Dallas Morning News,...)
Rabb , the former Louisiana_State field_general , came_off the bench for his debut with the Bills Sunday and directed his new team to a 22 - 12 upset victory over the Houston_Oilers , defending league champions .
[ verb ] give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
"I directed them towards the town hall"
Used in print(Brett Halliday, The Careless Corpse....)
`` That story of hers about an unsigned note directing her to be there tonight sounds completely phony .
[ verb ] specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
Used in print(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)
They are written by specialists in numerous types of business_enterprises , cover a wide range of subjects , and are directed to the needs and interests of the small firm .
[ verb ] (transportation) direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
[ adjective ] as an immediate result or consequence
"a direct result of the accident"
[ adjective ] (politics) effected directly by action of the voters rather than through elected representatives
"many people favor direct election of the President rather than election by the Electoral College"
[ adjective ] exact
"the direct opposite"