Meaning of DIRECT in English


Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin directus

Date: 15th century

1 : having or being motion in the general planetary direction from west to east : not retrograde

2 a : stemming immediately from a source < direct result> b : being or passing in a straight line of descent from parent to offspring : LINEAL < direct ancestor> c : having no compromising or impairing element <a direct insult>

3 a : proceeding from one point to another in time or space without deviation or interruption : STRAIGHT <a direct line> b : proceeding by the shortest way <the direct route>

4 : NATURAL , STRAIGHTFORWARD <a direct manner>

5 a : marked by absence of an intervening agency, instrumentality, or influence <making direct observations of nature> b : effected by the action of the people or the electorate and not by representatives < direct democracy> c : consisting of or reproducing the exact words of a speaker or writer <a direct quotation>

6 : characterized by close logical, causal, or consequential relationship < direct evidence>

7 : capable of dyeing without the aid of a mordant

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.