What is direction?

  • (noun): A general course along which something has a tendency to develop.
    Example: "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"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "direction":

  • (noun): A line leading to a place or point.
    Example: "He looked the other direction"
    Synonyms: way
  • (noun): A formal statement of a command or injunction to do something.
    Synonyms: commission, charge
  • (noun): The act of setting and holding a course.
    Example: "A new council was installed under the direction of the king"
    Synonyms: steering, guidance
  • (noun): The spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves.
    Example: "He checked the direction and velocity of the wind"
  • (noun): The act of managing something.
    Example: "Is the direction of the economy a function of government?"
    Synonyms: management
  • (noun): A message describing how something is to be done.
    Synonyms: instruction

Famous quotes containing the word direction:

    Each man has his own vocation. The talent is the call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him. He has faculties silently inviting him thither to endless exertion. He is like a ship in the river; he runs against obstructions on every side but one; on that side all obstruction is taken away, and he sweeps serenely over a deepening channel into an infinite sea.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    From cradle to grave this problem of running order through chaos, direction through space, discipline through freedom, unity through multiplicity, has always been, and must always be, the task of education, as it is the moral of religion, philosophy, science, art, politics and economy; but a boy’s will is his life, and he dies when it is broken, as the colt dies in harness, taking a new nature in becoming tame.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918)

    When you know what men are capable of you marvel neither at their sublimity nor their baseness. There are no limits in either direction apparently.
    Henry Miller (1891–1980)