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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun direction:


The word direction is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun direction

What does direction mean as a name of something?

Direction is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: directions

  1. a line leading to a place or point
    • example: he looked the other direction
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of direction: way
    • more generic words: itinerary / path / route = an established line of travel or access
    • more specific terms:
      • bearing / heading / aim = the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
      • course / trend = general line of orientation
      • east-west direction = in a direction parallel with lines of latitude
      • north-south direction = in a direction parallel with lines of longitude
      • qibla = the direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims turn for their daily prayers
      • tendency / trend = a general direction in which something tends to move
  2. the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves
    • example: he checked the direction and velocity of the wind
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic terms: position / spatial relation = the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated
    • more specific terms:
      • frontage = the direction in which something (such as a building) faces
      • orientation = position or alignment relative to points of the compass or other specific directions
      • opposition = a direction opposite to another
      • windward = the direction from which the wind is coming
      • leeward = the direction in which the wind is blowing
      • seaward = the direction toward the sea
      • compass point / point = any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass
      • magnetic north / compass north / north = the direction in which a compass needle points
      • north = the direction corresponding to the northward cardinal compass point
      • northeast = the direction corresponding to the northeastward compass point
      • east = the direction corresponding to the eastward cardinal compass point
      • southeast = the direction corresponding to the southeastward compass point
      • south = the direction corresponding to the southward cardinal compass point
      • southwest = the direction corresponding to the southwestward compass point
      • west = the direction corresponding to the westward cardinal compass point
      • northwest = the direction corresponding to the northwestward compass point
    • attributes:
      • incoming = arriving at a place or position
      • outgoing = leaving a place or a position
  3. a general course along which something has a tendency to develop
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: disposition / inclination / tendency = an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
    • more specific word: tenor = a settled or prevailing or habitual course of a person's life
  4. something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  5. the act of managing something
  6. a message describing how something is to be done
    • example: he gave directions faster than she could follow them
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of direction: instruction
    • more generic terms: content / message / subject matter / substance = what a communication that is about something is about
    • more specific terms:
      • rule = any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order
      • prescript / rule = prescribed guide for conduct or action
      • rubric = directions for the conduct of Christian church services
      • misdirection = incorrect directions or instructions
      • name and address / destination / address = written directions for finding some location
      • markup = detailed stylistic instructions for typesetting something that is to be printed
      • prescription = directions prescribed beforehand
      • formula / recipe = directions for making something
      • rule = directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted
      • stage direction = an instruction written as part of the script of a play
      • style = editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display
      • system command = a computer user's instruction (not part of a program) that calls for action by the computer's executive program
  7. the act of setting and holding a course
    • example: a new council was installed under the direction of the king
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of direction: guidance / steering
    • more generic word: control = the activity of managing or exerting control over something
    • more specific terms:
      • driving = the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal
      • aim = the action of directing something at an object
      • navigation / pilotage / piloting = the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
      • celestial guidance = a method of controlling the flight of a missile or spacecraft by reference to the positions of celestial bodies
      • inertial navigation / inertial guidance = a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to inertial forces
      • command guidance = a method of controlling the flight of a missile by commands originating from the ground or from another missile
      • terrestrial guidance = a method of controlling the flight of a missile by devices that respond to the strength and direction of the earth's gravitational field
  8. a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
  9. the concentration of attention or energy on something

Alternative definition of the noun direction


  1. The action of directing; pointing (something) towards.
  2. Guidance, instruction.
  3. The work of the director in cinema or theater; the skill of directing a film, play etc.
  4. [archaic] An address.
  5. The path or course of a given movement, or moving body; an indication of the point toward which an object is moving.


Direction is a musical group.

  • album: "Blue Room in San Francisco"


Direction a.k.a. Direction Records: The Direction record label was a subsidiary label established by CBS Records in the UK in spring 1967. It primarily released American soul and R&B recordings in the UK, but also issued records by British and Jamaican artists. Among its most successful releases were those by Sly & the Family Stone, The Bandwagon, and The Chambers Brothers.


  1. "Direction" a.k.a. "Directions" is a compilation album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released in 1981 by Columbia Records. It collects previously unreleased outtakes that Davis recorded between 1960 and 1970. Directions was the last of a series of compilation albums of Davis' music, that Columbia released to bridge his hiatus, that ended with The Man with the Horn in July 1981.
  2. "Direction" is The Starting Line's third studio album, following Based on a True Story, and was released on July 31, 2007.
  3. "Direction" is a musical EP of Lions Lions.
  4. "Direction" is a musical EP of Heavens to Betsy.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  5. "Direction" is a musical album of Probe.
  6. "Direction" is a 7" single released in 1994 by American Riot Grrrl rock band Heavens to Betsy.


"Direction" is a film, directed by Hector Jimenez.

  • also known as Dogme #88
  • genre: Dogme 95


Direction is the information contained in the relative position of one point with respect to another point without the distance information. Directions may be either relative to some indicated reference, or absolute according to some previously agreed upon frame of reference. Direction is often indicated manually by an extended index finger or written as an arrow. On a vertically oriented sign representing a horizontal plane, such as a road sign, "forward" is usually indicated by an upward arrow. Mathematically, direction may be uniquely specified by a unit vector, or equivalently by the angles made by the most direct path with respect to a specified set of axes.

Phrases with Direction

  1. direction finder
  2. X-Direction
  3. Y-Direction
  4. Z-Direction
  5. self-direction
  6. stage direction
  7. Ordinal Direction
  8. Cardinal Direction
  9. sense of direction
  10. change of direction
  11. east-west direction
  12. north-south direction
  13. Intercardinal Direction

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Direction

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Google previewKindling Desire for God (2009)

Preaching As Spiritual Direction by Kay Bessler Northcutt, Kay L. Northcutt

preaching as spiritual direction is a model ...

Google previewAn Introduction to Metalogic (2014)

by Aladdin M. Yaqub

The 'if' direction is the Soundness Theorem, and the 'only-if' direction is the Completeness Theorem.

Google previewData Representation and Basis Selection to Understand ...

the simplest direction is the one that corresponds to the vector with minimal value for the first differences squared of adjacent entries. One possible simplicity matrix is to use DDT, where D is a matrix which produces first differences. This matrix ...

Google previewRe:direction (2002)

A Theoretical and Practical Guide by Rebecca Schneider, Gabrielle H. Cody

Re: Direction is the kind of book anyone interested in theatre history should own, and which will prove an indispensable toolkit for a lifetime of study.

Google previewAir Quality Management (2014)

by Suresh Nesaratnam, Shahram Taherzadeh

Wind direction is a primary measurement in air pollution studies.

Google previewTeaching about the Future (2012)

by P. Bishop, A. Hines

The direction is the key component of everyeffective plan, but, ironically,itis oftenoverlooked.

Google previewEvery Relationship Matters (2007)

by Peter Rouse

Direction is the particular course that is set, ...

Google previewDCC Dictionary 1.0 (2014)

by William H. Bradley

The locomotive's Base Direction can be set and easily changed in several ways. This allows you to run various locomotives (such as the SD9, for example) either long hood or short hoodforward. It also allows for running two locomotives ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose (1845)

Mixed sciences, vol. 4

North and South direction. Beaumont. were deposited from a sea which washed the base ofthe already elevated mountains. The eneral direction , - of the chain, from Cape Ortega] ing Galicia, to Cape Dumbo" ofthe Strata. Creuss in Catalonia ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

Figure 8 A schematic diagram of the rat limbic system areas in which head direction cells, as well as additional navigation-related cell types have been discovered (see text). ADN, anterodorsal nucleus of anterior thalamus; DTN, dorsal ...

Google previewA Botanical Dictionary (1805)

Or, Elements of Systematic and Philosophical Botany by Colin Milne

The direction of the root is never vertical, except in the upata or sanar of Senegal, the roots of which twisting, rife vertically upwards a foot above the surface ot the earth, and are sometimes covered by the flux of the sea. Familiar as the ...

Google previewLexicon physico-medicum (1736)

or, a New medicinal dictionary ... by John Quincy

All Motion is, of it self rectilinear, or made according to straight Lines, with the seine constant uniform Velocity, if no external Cause make any Alteration in its Direction. If a Body moving uniformly, and with the (ame Degree of Velocity, pass over ...

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Sign language

What makes you Beautiful - One Direction SEE Sign Language

Song by One direction This video is created to raise awareness for the Deaf Community through song signing. SEE stands for Signing Exact English.

Quotes about Direction

The older you get, the more you realize you're drifting toward a direction, and sometimes your significant other drifts into an opposite direction. You can't blame anybody for it. (Dido)
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Scrabble value of D2I1R1E1C3T1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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