direct

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • adjective straight or with no processing or going in a straight way
  • noun a binary code which directly operates the central processing unit, using only absolute addresses and values

Aviation

  • adjective in a straight line; by the shortest route
  • verb to guide or control the movement of something

Banking

  • adverb with no third party involved
  • verb to manage or organise something

Law

  • verb to give an order to someone

Military

  • verb to control or guide the actions of subordinates or supporting arms
  • verb to tell someone the way to a destination

Travel

  • adjective going straight from one place to another
  • verb to tell or show someone how to go to a place

Wine

  • used to describe a wine that has no hidden flavours and is defined immediately by its first taste

Origin & History of “direct”

English acquired direct from dīrectus, the past participle of Latin dīrigere ‘arrange in distinct lines’, hence ‘straighten, guide’. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix dis- ‘apart’ and regere ‘guide, rule’ (source of English regent, region, etc). The first recorded use of the verb in English was ‘write something and send it to a particular person’, a sense now preserved more specifically in the related address. (also ultimately from Latin dīrigere is dirigible ‘steerable airship’ (19th c.), a borrowing from French dirigeable; this was a derivative of diriger, the French descendant of dīrigere.).
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