What is direction?

  • (noun): The concentration of attention or energy on something.
    Example: "He had no direction in his life"
    Synonyms: focus, focusing, focussing, centering
    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 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"
  • (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): A message describing how something is to be done.
    Synonyms: instruction
  • (noun): A formal statement of a command or injunction to do something.
    Synonyms: commission, charge
  • (noun): The act of managing something.
    Example: "Is the direction of the economy a function of government?"
    Synonyms: management
  • (noun): The act of setting and holding a course.
    Example: "A new council was installed under the direction of the king"
    Synonyms: steering, guidance

Famous quotes containing the word direction:

    Exaggeration is in the course of things. Nature sends no creature, no man into the world, without adding a small excess of his proper quality. Given the planet, it is still necessary to add the impulse; so, to every creature nature added a little violence of direction in its proper path, a shove to put it on its way; in every instance, a slight generosity, a drop too much.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    It is wonderful how well watered this country is.... Generally, you may go any direction in a canoe, by making frequent but not very long portages.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    It is not easy to construct by mere scientific synthesis a foolproof system which will lead our children in a desired direction and avoid an undesirable one. Obviously, good can come only from a continuing interplay between that which we, as students, are gradually learning and that which we believe in, as people.
    Erik H. Erikson (20th century)